Hopkinton Town Manager Anthony Troiano is being placed on paid administrative leave following his conviction on a motor vehicle homicide charge this week, the chairman of the town's board of selectmen said.
Brian J. Herr, chairman of the Board of Selectmen, confirmed the move by email. Separately, a town official said the board was planning to hold a closed-door session Tuesday, apparently to discuss Troiano.
On Wednesday, Judge Michael Creedon found Troiano guilty of motor vehicle homicide by negligent operation, and sentenced him to two years of unsupervised probation. State law also calls for Troiano’s license to be revoked for 15 years.
Troiano was involved in a car accident in Bourne on May 15, 2007 that resulted in the death of 69-year-old Lilija Berents of East Falmouth. Troiano was driving to his home in East Sandwich after a Board of Selectmen's meeting and hit the woman’s car head-on while passing another vehicle.
According to the Associated Press, Troiano testified that he lost consciousness, possibly because of sleep apnea, at the time of the collision. His attorney argued that Troiano shouldn't be sent to jail because the accident wasn't alcohol- or drug-related, and he doesn't have a reckless driving record.
Hopkinton selectmen have a 5 p.m. executive session scheduled Tuesday, and Selectman R.J. Dourney confirmed that the session was called to discuss Troiano. However, Dourney wouldn’t comment on whether Troiano’s conviction could affect his employment with the town.
Earlier, selectman chairman Herr called Troiano’s conviction a “private matter” and wouldn’t say what selectmen would discuss Tuesday.
-- Calvin Hennick