The Passenger In An Off-Road DWI Crash Lost Their Life
New York has several laws covering the crime of driving while intoxicated, often simply called DWI. One of the more serious charges a driver can face is when they are driving while intoxicated and are involved in an accident. New York allows for people who are driving drunk or while on drugs to face charges like an assault with a motor vehicle and vehicular manslaughter when people are injured or killed in an accident. These laws include both victims in the driver’s own vehicle as well as other vehicles. The penalties for vehicular manslaughter can be severe; a person can face up to 15 years in prison if convicted.
WHAM 13 reports that a driver has been charged with vehicular manslaughter after a passenger was killed in a suspected DWI crash in Wyoming County.
Troopers were called to the scene of the crash late Tuesday morning. The crash occurred on Pleasant Valley Road in Wethersfield.
20-year-old Michael Conrad was speeding in an unregistered vehicle north on Pleasant Valley Road when he lost control of the car. The car then went off-road and crashed into multiple trees.
20-year-old passenger Cori Shearing was pronounced deceased at the scene of the accident. Conrad was taken to a local hospital for treatment of injuries and was tested for drug impairment.
After his release from the hospital, Conrad was arrested. He is facing charges of second-degree vehicular manslaughter, second-degree assault, DWI, and several traffic citations.