In New York, there is a charge that is called involuntary manslaughter in other states. In New York, it is called second-degree manslaughter. It is applied when the person didn’t mean to kill another person, but their actions led to the death of someone. A person charged with second-degree manslaughter is facing a Class C felony, which comes with a possible prison sentence of 3-15 years and a fine of up to $5,000. In order to be charged with second-degree manslaughter, it must be alleged that the person acted in a manner that was reckless and with a conscious disregard for the safety of others.
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Press Connects reports that the driver involved in a fatal crash in Binghamton has been charged with manslaughter.
22-year-old Elijah Burnside was driving with 19 suspensions on his driving privileges when he sped through a West Side intersection on November 21st. Court records indicate that Burnside was speeding down Chapin Street when he ran the stop sign at the intersection with Leroy Street.
He crashed into a BMW being driven by 70-year-old Ronald Phetphongsy. Phetphongsy, a resident of Binghamton, was pronounced dead at the scene.
The crash happened at about 2:40 p.m. and after the initial collision, both vehicles careened into a house at the corner of Chapin and Leroy Street.
There were four occupants in the Honda Civic driven by Burnside. They were all taken to the hospital and treated for injuries.
Burnside has been charged with second-degree manslaughter. He faces a possible prison sentence of 15 years if convicted. He remains in custody.