Designated driver in fatal New York accident

by William Mattar | November 9th, 2011

November 9, 2011

A New York woman who was the “designated driver” was involved in a fatal crash early Saturday morning. A passenger died when he was ejected from the vehicle.

Friends say that they teased the driver about not drinking at a Tully, New York, country club birthday party Friday night, according to the Syracuse News.

After the crash, the driver of the 1997 Toyota 4 Runner told troopers that she had had “three cokes and captains” at the country club. She had glassy eyes and an odor of alcohol, troopers observed.

She was charged with driving while intoxicated and second-degree vehicular manslaughter.

The 29-year-old man who was killed had been a rear-seat passenger when it overturned on Interstate 81. He died at the crash scene. He was the father of a four-year-old son.

After they left the party, the SUV traveled north on I-81 and sped up to pass a tractor- trailer. Driving behind them, a friend said that she saw the SUV speed up and then swerve directly in front of the tractor- trailer. The SUV overturned and came to rest on its roof.

Police documents stated that the accident occurred at about 2:15 a.m., and 15 minutes later the SUV driver’s breath tested positive for alcohol.

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