Accord man charged in April fatal crash
MARBLETOWN >> An Accord man has been indicted for the death of a Hurley woman in a two-car, headon crash in April on U.S. Route 209, according to state police.
Shannon J. Penny, 40, who police said was under the influence of marijuana and a prescription medication at the time of the April 3 crash, was indicted by an Ulster County grand jury for vehicular manslaughter and vehicular assault, both felonies, police said. Penny also was indicted for misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance and for possession of marijuana, a violation.
The investigation, by state police and the Ulster County District Attorney’s Office, found Penny was driving his 2000 Toyota Corolla north on Route 209 in Marbletown when he drove into the southbound lane and struck a southbound car driven by Frank Warren, 81, of Hurley. Warren’s wife, Leanne, 78, the front-seat passenger, was taken to HealthAlliance Hospital’s Broadway Campus in Kingston, where she was pronounced dead.
Frank Warren suffered “serious physical injuries,” police said Monday.
Penny’s injuries were not life-threatening. Toxicology results obtained from a blood sample showed that, at the time of the crash, Penny was under the influence of marijuana and prescription medication, police said.
Penny was arraigned in Ulster County Court before Judge Donald A. Williams and released pending a bail hearing scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Thursday.