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A Bicyclist Was Killed In A Hit-And-Run Accident

Anytime that a motor vehicle accident causes a fatality, it is a traumatic event for all involved. In many cases, such accidents are unintentional and do not warrant criminal charges. However, in New York, there are circumstances that may warrant the criminal charge of vehicular homicide. These circumstances include driving while intoxicated, driving recklessly, driving while texting, exhibiting road rage, or taking part in an unauthorized racing contest. Being convicted of vehicular homicide is a felony and can result in several years spent in state prison. It also comes with a host of fines and fees. Felony convictions can also have life-long consequences, affecting a person’s future employment as well as their rights. 

The Ithaca Voice reports that a Groton man has been charged with vehicular homicide after a fatal hit and run accident. 

At about 6:36 p.m. on Monday, Tomkins County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a call near Lick Street and Stevens Road in Groton. Deputies were responding to a report that a vehicle had struck a bicycle and then fled the scene. 

Deputies were advised while en route to the scene that witnesses were reporting a red truck with a bicycle embedded in the front bumper was fleeing on Lick Street. 

64-year-old Jerrie Gavalchin was identified as the victim in the accident. He was taken to Cortland Regional Medical Center where he later died from his injuries. 

Deputies later located the red pickup truck with the bicycle embedded in the bumper on Wood Road on Groton. The driver was identified as 43-year-old Jeffrey C. Skinner. He was taken into custody. 

Skinner is facing charges of vehicular manslaughter in the first degree, driving while intoxicated with a prior conviction within 10 years, and leaving the scene of a personal injury accident. 

Skinner was arraigned on the charges and released under the supervision of the Tompkins County Probation Department.

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