Driver in deadly OUI crash pleads guilty to manslaughter

SE Mass

FALL RIVER, Mass. (WPRI) — A Rehoboth man will soon learn his fate for driving drunk and causing a crash that killed a motorcycle rider in the summer of 2016.

Jeffrey Fisk Jr., 42, pleaded guilty Tuesday to manslaughter while under the influence of intoxicating liquor in the death of Anthony Kishfy.

Kishfy, 62, was riding his motorcycle on Agricultural Avenue around 2:30 p.m. that Saturday when he was hit head-on by a pickup truck.

Prosecutors said they were prepared to prove that Fisk was intoxicated when he swerved into Kishfy’s lane and struck his motorcycle. Kishfy was pronounced dead at the scene.

A blood test later revealed Fisk’s blood alcohol content was 0.19, according to prosecutors, which is more than twice the legal limit.

Several of Kishfy’s family members provided impact statements Tuesday, telling the court of their devastating loss. His sister, Christine Allen, said Kishfy had beaten cancer and retired shortly before he was killed.

“He was healthy and alive,” she said. “My brother’s life was unfinished. He had people to meet and love, he had conversations left hanging, he had conflicts left unresolved.”

Allen said her brother loved to ride his motorcycle and fish, and made it a point to help their elderly mother.

“For months and months – almost three years now – I have experienced sleepless nights thinking of my poor brother’s horrendous death,” Allen added. “My mother will never be the same. It’s unnatural for a parent to outlive their child, especially one who fought so hard to live.”

She finished with a message to the defendant.

“Mr. Fisk – on June 25, 2016, you chose to drink to excess and get behind the wheel of a truck,” Allen said. “I’m not sure if you will get the jail time I think you deserve. Your punishment will come in your next life.”

The Commonwealth recommended Fisk be sentenced to 6-8 years in prison while his defense team requested the minimum of five years.

The judge’s decision will be revealed at Fisk’s sentencing, scheduled for April 12.

While Fisk changed his plea on the manslaughter charge, charges of operating under the influence and motor vehicle homicide by OUI are still pending.

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