For Immediate Release - March 28, 2012

Haverhill Woman Pleads Guilty to Motor Vehicle Homicide

Lisa Leavitt, 37, 15 Lapierre Street, Haverhill, pleaded guilty today in Haverhill District Court to motor vehicle homicide in connection with the December 18, 2011 crash that killed Karen LaPierre, 63, also of Haverhill. 

Judge Michael A. Uhlarik sentenced her to two and half years in the House of Correction (two years to be served and the balance to be suspended for 5 years); six months of house arrest upon release; remain drug and alcohol free; submit to random alcohol screens via an intoxilator; and a 15-year loss of driver’s license.

In the early morning of December 18, 2011, Leavitt struck and killed LaPierre while she was standing behind her parked car in front of Heav’nly Donuts on South Main Street in Haverhill.  LaPierre was loading donuts into her car trunk to serve after church at the time of the crash.  Leavitt, who had left a party at 5:15 a.m., had a blood alcohol level of .18, which is more than twice the legal limit, and failed a field sobriety test.  Police said there was no evidence that she had applied the brakes before crashing into LaPierre.

LaPierre was well-known in the community for her generosity and devotion to charitable causes.  Her husband Bill read a victim impact statement at the sentencing hearing today.  The Essex District Attorney’s Office made its sentencing recommendation after consulting with Mr. LaPierre.

The Commonwealth was represented by Essex Assistant District Attorney John DePaulo.  Leavitt was represented by Attorney Gerard LaFlamme.  The case was investigated by the Haverhill Police Department and the Massachusetts State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section (C.A.R.S.)