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Homicide Charge Filed Against Surviving Driver In Fatal Crash

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Charges have been filed against the surviving driver in a fatal two-car crash on Route 2 in early October.

The Northwestern District Attorney’s Office said on Wednesday, Oct. 21, that George Cortina, 62, of Turners Falls, is being charged with crimes connected to the Oct. 4 accident on Route 2 in Greenfield that left Jonathan Rohrs, 41, of Acton, and his dog dead.

Cortina is to be arraigned on Monday, Oct. 26. He is being charged with:

- Motor vehicle homicide;

- Operating under the influence of drugs causing serious bodily injury;

- Operating under the influence of drugs, second offense;

- Negligent operation of a motor vehicle;

- Possession of a Class A controlled substance (heroin);

- Marked lanes violation (a civil offense), the DA said.

The accident occurred shortly after 6 p.m. on a Sunday, police said, near mile marker 51.6. A Ford Explorer, driven by Cortina, allegedly crossed over the centerline and into the westbound lane, striking a Toyota Yaris driven by Rohrs, the DA said.

Cortina and a passenger were transported to a hospital to be treated for “serious” injuries, the DA said.

The incident was investigated by Greenfield Police, Massachusetts State Police, and the Northwestern DA’s office. 

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