LEWISTON — A Greene man involved in a crash that killed an Auburn motorcyclist in November 2015 pleaded no contest last month to reckless conduct.

Police said Ronald Morin, 46, had been under the influence of alcohol and had failed to yield the right of way at Fair and College streets. He was charged with operating under the influence.

Christopher Moreno, 27, of Auburn was killed when the front of his Suzuki motorcycle struck the right front corner of Morin’s Ford F-150 pickup truck.

Moreno had been speeding at the time of the crash, according to an accident report.

Morin’s license had been suspended in December by the Maine Department of Motor Vehicles, but was reinstated in April after a hearing.

Morin’s attorney, Coleman Coyne of Lewiston, said he presented an accident reconstruction report to the department at that hearing, which prompted the department to rescind the suspension.

In that report, Lewiston Police Officer Jeremy Somma concluded that the speed of Moreno’s motorcycle was the contributing factor to the crash. Somma estimated Moreno’s speed was between 52 mph and 62 mph on a street with a posted speed of 25 mph. Had Moreno been traveling the posted speed, there would not have been a crash, Somma concluded.

Although Morin should not have been driving with a blood-alcohol level of .10 percent (according to a breath test,) which is above the legal limit of .08 percent, Moreno had not been not licensed to operate a motorcycle and his Suzuki GSXR600 wasn’t properly registered, Somma wrote in his report.

Morin pleaded no contest in June to a new charge of reckless conduct, a misdemeanor that carries a maximum punishment of up to 364 days in jail. He was given no jail time and paid a $750 fine, according to documents in 8th District Court.

He was originally charged with aggravated criminal OUI, a felony that was punishable by up to 10 years in prison. In April, that charge was reduced by prosecutors to a first-offense misdemeanor OUI, which carries no minimum jail time.

The OUI charge was dismissed.

Morin completed a Driver Education and Evaluation Program, according to court records.

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