New York Driver Indicted After Fatal Crash into Chenango River

by emallernee | October 5th, 2011

October 5, 2011

A 23-year-old Binghamton, New York, woman who crashed her car into the Chenango River in May, killing three passengers, has been indicted on three felony counts of vehicular manslaughter, according to the Press & Sun-Bulletin.

The Broome County District Attorney’s Office reports that the woman was indicted on a total of 10 felony and misdemeanor counts, among them driving while intoxicated, driving with more than 0.08 percent blood-alcohol levels, driving while ability impaired by a combined influence of drugs and alcohol, and four counts of third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.

The accident occurred on Interstate 88 on May 20 in the Town of Fenton when the woman lost control of her westbound 1996 Ford Explorer, hit the guardrail and became airborne and landed in the Chenango River.

All three passengers died, including a 25-year-old male, 45-year-old male, and 39-year-old female. The driver survived the crash by crawling out of a window. The bodies of the male victims were found immediately after the crash, while family members of the female victim found her body two weeks later in debris near a bridge downstream from the crash.

After the crash, the driver’s blood alcohol content was found to be 0.09 percent; the anti-anxiety drug Lorazepam and anti-heartburn medication Metoclopramide were also allegedly found in her bloodstream.

The woman has been sent to Broome County jail without bail.

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