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Diane Silsby enters not guilty plea to negligent homicide

December 09, 2009
LANCASTER — Diane Silsby of Lunenburg, waived her right to arraignment, pleaded not guilty to six counts of negligent homicide, and had bail set at $5,000 personal recognizance in Cos Superior Court on Dec. 7. She was indicted on Nov. 16 by a Grand Jury for causing the deaths of three people on July 3 as a result of a head-on crash in Randolph.

A trial schedule has been set: Preliminary Pre-Trial, usually only attended by lawyers, on Jan. 11, 2010; Final Pre-Trial at which the defendant is present, on March 1, 2010, and Jury Selection at 9:30 a.m. on March 5, 2010.

Ms. Silsby was indicted on three counts of a Class A felony: for causing the deaths while driving under the influence of intoxicating liquor; and three counts of a Class B felony, for driving across a double yellow line.

Ms. Silsby is being charged on two counts of negligent homicide in each of the three deaths: that of her 15-year-old daughter, Nicole Silsby, a minor who is identified in court documents only by her initials, NLS, plus her date of birth, April 25, 1994; her 83-year-old mother, Leona Dunn of Lancaster; and a 26-year-old woman, Rachel Metivier of Lewiston, Me., a passenger in the 2000 Ford Explorer vehicle driven by Christopher Caron, 27, also of Lewiston, Me.

Two now-motherless children — a then-six-year-old son and a then-three-year-old daughter — who were both passengers in the 2000 Ford Explorer that was struck by the Nissan Altima being driven westbound by Ms. Silsby on Route 2, survived the crash.

The collision occurred shortly before 5 p.m. on Friday afternoon at the start of the July 4 weekend, near the height of land at Bowman, about a mile west of the Lowe's Gas Station on Route 2.

Ms. Metiver's mother, Susan Metiver of Auburn, Me., was driving a couple of vehicles behind the one in which her daughter was a passenger, according to a statement signed by Trooper Amanda Johnson of Troop F in Twin Mountain. As next of kin she had to be officially notified of her daughter's on-site death.

Because of the value of her assets, Presiding Judge Peter Bornstein denied Ms. Silsby's request for a public defender. Attorney Mark Sisti of Chichester is representing her.

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