A Centerport man faces misdemeanor criminal charges on Cape Cod stemming from a car crash last month that resulted in the death of his passenger, a recent Yale graduate with a promising writing career, officials said Friday.
Michael Gocksch, 22, has been ordered to report to court on July 5 for a hearing on charges of motor vehicle homicide by reckless operation, reckless operation of a motor vehicle, and marked lane violation, Massachusetts Trooper Todd Nolan told Newsday.
Gocksch did not return telephone calls to his home Friday. It was not known if he has an attorney.
The charges are misdemeanors punishable by up to 11/2 years in jail, according to Michael Trudeau, first assistant district attorney in the Cape and Islands district attorney's office on Cape Cod.
Under state law, the charges will be presented to a clerk-magistrate on July 5, Trudeau said.
The clerk-magistrate then decides whether there is probable cause to send the case to Orleans District Court, where Gocksch would be arraigned and the case would proceed.
Gocksch was driving his 1997 Lexus on May 26 when the car rolled over in Dennis, Mass., killing his girlfriend, Marina Keegan, 22, of Wayland, Mass. Both had graduated from Yale days earlier and Keegan had planned to move to Brooklyn to pursue a writing career.
The Cape Cod Times reported that Keegan's father, Kevin, said Gocksch fell asleep at the wheel. He suffered minor injuries.
Keegan, a writer for Yale's campus paper, had interned at The New Yorker, where she secured a post-graduation job as an editorial assistant. In November, she wrote a piece for The New York Times about corporate recruiters visiting her campus and was interviewed on National Public Radio about the story.
She served as president of the Yale College Democrats, with Gocksch serving as vice president.
In her last piece for the Yale Daily News, Keegan wrote about the possibilities that awaited graduates. "What we have to remember is that we can still do anything," she wrote. "We can change our minds. We can start over."
With Laura Figueroa