Anchorage man pleads no contest in roadway death

Posted: Tuesday, April 18, 2000

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage man will be sentenced in September after pleading no contest to criminally negligent homicide.

Ray William Fine, 29, lost control of his truck and killed a motorcyclist while fumbling for a dropped cigarette last May, authorities said. He also was convicted of drunken driving in the death of Lyman Smith.

Fine also pleaded to third-degree assault for injuring Smith's 10-year-old grandson, who was riding on the motorcycle with his grandfather at the time of the collision.

He had consumed at least a six-pack of beer and had a blood alcohol level of .08, investigators said.

Fine swerved into the oncoming lane and tried to stop when he saw Smith but couldn't do so in time, authorities said.

Fine originally had been indicted for manslaughter and first-degree assault, but prosecutors reduced the charges in return for Fine's plea.

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