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Haverhill woman pleads not guilty in fatal crash

December 19, 2011
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HAVERHILL, Mass.—A Haverhill woman accused of driving drunk when she struck and killed a devout foster mother picking up doughnuts for her church has been held on $50,000 bail.

Lisa Leavitt pleaded not guilty to negligent driving and motor vehicle homicide while intoxicated charges on Monday.

Prosecutors say her blood-alcohol level was twice the legal limit when she struck 63-year-old Karen LaPierre at 5:20 a.m. Sunday outside the doughnut shop.

LaPierre was with her husband, Bill, who says he told his wife of 37 years that he loved her as she died in his arms. He was not hurt.

Bill LaPierre says he forgives the 37-year-old Leavitt.

Leavitt's lawyer says his client suffers from "seasonal depression."

The LaPierres were foster parents to 180 children and were known for their generosity

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