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Southwick man convicted of pedestrian death

July 26, 2013

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A Southwick man has been found guilty of being drunk when he struck and killed a pedestrian in West Springfield who was home visiting his parents.

Daniel Leary was convicted Thursday in Hampden Superior Court of the March 2011 death of 29-year-old David Laduzenski. Laduzenski was a Somerville resident who had grown up in West Springfield and was visiting home when he was killed while standing on a neighbor’s lawn.

Leary was convicted of motor vehicle homicide while under the influence of alcohol and negligent driving.

The 37-year-old Leary will be sentenced Monday when he faces a maximum of 15 years in prison.

Leary’s lawyers said that Laduzenski either ran or jumped in front of Leary’s vehicle, who then swerved to avoid him.

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