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Man Charged With Negligent Homicide in Fatal East Granby Motorcycle Crash

A man faces negligent homicide charges in a fatal crash on Route 20 in East Granby last June.

According to Connecticut State Police, 59-year-old John Newman was driving down Metacomet Drive in East Granby on June 10, 2017 around 9 p.m. Police said that when Newman reached the intersection with Route 20, he slowed for a stop sign, but did not stop, according to data from his vehicle. He then accelerated hard and turned onto Route 20, crossing in front of a motorcycle traveling down the road. The motorcycle collided with Newman’s vehicle.

The motorcycle operator, identified as 37-year-old Christopher Litchfield, suffered fatal injuries and a passenger suffered serious injuries, according to police.

On May 4, 2018, Newman turned himself into Troop H on an active arrest warrant. He is charged with negligent homicide with a motor vehicle and failure to obey a stop sign. He was released on a $50,000 bond and is due in court on May 15.

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