A truck driver has been convicted of criminally negligent homicide in connection with a town of Nichols crash that left a state transportation department employee dead.

37-year-old Lawrence Faucett of Ulster, Pennsylvania was convicted Friday by a Tioga County Court jury.

Investigators said Faucett drove a truck that slammed into a New York State Department of Transportation vehicle on Route 17 on March 13.

45-year-old Dennis "Matt" Howe of Candor was seriously injured. He died in a hospital five days later.

An undated photo of Matt Howe and his wife, Alycia Haus. (Photo: GoFundMe)

Authorities said Howe had been parked on the highway shoulder in an advance warning vehicle. The truck's lights were flashing to alert drivers that a road repair crew was working ahead.

Faucett initially was cited for moving from a lane unsafely and violating the state's "Move Over" law.

Faucett later was indicted for criminally negligent homicide.

Read More: Trucker Indicted in Crash that Caused Death of Tioga DOT Worker

State transportation commissioner Marie Therese Dominguez said the verdict "is a victory for highway safety and for highway workers everywhere, but it will not bring Matt back to his family, friends and co-workers who loved him."

Related: Part of Route 17 Dedicated to Fallen DOT Worker Matt Howe

Contact WNBF News reporter Bob Joseph: bob@wnbf.com

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