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    Police: West Brookfield Woman Charged in Crash Killed 'Pillar of the Community'
    Brett Gay

    A Massachusetts woman charged with driving drunk and causing a crash that killed a man described as a "pillar of the community" has pleaded not guilty.

    Cindy Bliss, of West Brookfield, was held on $20,000 bail Tuesday after her arraignment on charges including motor vehicle homicide while intoxicated.

    Police say the 54-year-old Bliss was speeding when she ran a stop sign and struck a vehicle operated by 78-year-old Alexander Cordy in West Brookfield on Monday. Cordy died at the hospital.

    Police say Bliss had an open vodka bottle in her pocket.

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    The police chief called Cordy a "pillar of the community," active in church and the Knights of Columbus.

    Bliss' husband says his wife suffers from seizures and may have had a medical episode. He apologized to the victim's family.

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