Woman indicted on manslaughter, vehicular homicide charges after fatal Bath wreck
BATH, N.Y. (WENY) – A Painted Post woman has been indicted on on several charges, including manslaughter and vehicular homicide following a crash that killed a man in Bath in May.
According to Steuben County District Attorney Brooks Baker, 46-year-old Tonya Smith was indicted on charges of second-degree manslaughter, aggravated vehicular homicide and first-degree reckless endangerment, all felonies.
As WENY News reported, the charges stemmed from a crash that killed 66-year-old Donald Masti on State Route 415 in Bath on May 3. Smith allegedly had a blood alcohol content of more than .18% when she was driving and hit and killed Masti while he was trying to cross the road.
Masti suffered from “massive head and trauma related injuries” and died at the scene.
According to the indictment, the reckless endangerment charge stems from an incident shortly before the fatal crash where Smith allegedly ran another car off the road, nearly hitting it.
Smith was arrested by New York State Police on scene and was initially charged with vehicular homicide in the second degree and driving while intoxicated. According to the DA's office, she was released after posting $25,000 bail in the Bath Town Court and remains at liberty.
She is scheduled to appear for arraignment in Steuben County Court on November 8.