Hudson Valley Woman With Suspended License Causes Fatal Accident
A Hudson Valley woman with a suspended license due to a history of seizures had a seizure while driving, killing another driver.
On Thursday in Orange County Court, 48-year-old Leigh Carney of Maybrook was sentenced to three to nine years in prison after she pleaded guilty to manslaughter.
On January 26, 2017, while driving a Mini Cooper in the area of Clark Place and Highland Avenue in the Village of Maybrook, Carney experienced a seizure. Her vehicle crossed over into oncoming traffic and collided with a car. The other driver died a month later from injuries he sustained in the accident.
Before the crash, the Department of Motor Vehicles suspended Carney’s driving privileges because she had a history of seizures, according to the Orange County District Attorney's Office.
“All of us are entitled to be safe on the roads,” Orange County District Attorney David Hoovler said. "People who aren’t capable of safely operating a vehicle, for whatever reason, shouldn’t be getting behind the wheel. Certainly, those with seizure disorders, whose privileges the State of New York has suspended because of those disorders, shouldn’t be putting the rest of us at risk by careless actions like those displayed by this defendant.