NORTHAMPTON – An Easthampton resident has been charged with motor vehicle homicide after a man was killed sliding off the trunk of his moving car about six weeks ago.


Zachary Laviolette, 27, is scheduled to be arraigned by a Northampton District Court judge over the telephone. He has also been charged with drunken driving causing serious bodily injury and negligent operation, said Mary Carey, spokeswoman for the Northwest District Attorney David E. Sullivan.

Laviolette was driving his car just before 3 a.m. on April 23 in the parking lot of 168 Industrial Drive. Matthew Kolb, 24, was sitting on the back of his vehicle and slid off the trunk, she said.

Kolb, of West Springfield, was hospitalized with serious injuries and died on May 1. A graduate of West Springfield High and Holyoke Community College, Kolb worked in merchandising for Red Bull and was a talented athlete, his obituary said.

Laviolette was originally charged with operating under the influence causing serious bodily harm immediately after the April 23 incident. His charges have now been upgraded, Carey said.

If convicted of motor vehicle homicide, he could face up to 15 years in prison and could lose his license for 15 years, she said.

Northampton Police investigated the case, she said.



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