LANCASTER, Mass. (AP) – A 79-year-old Fitchburg man has been charged with motor vehicle homicide after he was involved in a crash in Lancaster that killed two motorcyclists.

Myles Thayer was arraigned this week in Clinton District Court and will return to court for a pretrial hearing Feb. 12.

The Oct. 26 accident killed 55-year-old Kevin Dick of Lancaster and 55-year-old Joanne Pitre of Grafton.

According to a police report, Thayer turned left out of a flea market into the path of the motorcycle. The motorcycle fell on its side, skidded and crashed into Thayer’s car.

Dick and Pitre died later at a local hospital.

On Saturday, Thayer said he wasn’t at fault. He said the motorcycle hit him full on, without skidding, and must have been speeding because it wasn’t there when he pulled out.

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