Ac­cord man charged in April fa­tal crash

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - FRONT PAGE - By Diane Pineiro-Zucker dpzucker@free­manon­ di­aneat­free­man on Twitter

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.


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