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Friday, December 1, 2006

Framingham man to plead innocent in fatal Sherborn crash


A Framingham man charged with motor vehicle homicide for a Nov. 22 crash in Sherborn plans to plead not guilty at his arraignment next week, his lawyer said.

Alessandro Verli, 32, faces the charges because an unborn child died in the crash. Verli's laywer, Thomas Brant of Boston, said he plans to fight the charges but declined to elaborate. Verli will be arraigned in Natick District Court Tuesday.

Verli was driving northbound on Western Avenue in Sherborn when he crossed the center line of the road into oncoming traffic, crashing his Honda sedan into a Honda CRV around 4:40 p.m., according to Emily LaGrassa, spokesperson for the Middlesex County district attorney.

The driver of the CRV, Lori Leurini of Ashland, was 8 1/2 months pregnant, and her baby died as a result of the accident, according to LaGrassa. The woman’s 5-year-old daughter, who rode in the car with her, also suffered injuries.

Verli faces charges of motor vehicle homicide by negligent operation, operating to endanger and a marked lanes violation.

-— Kyle Alspach

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