Updated 09/05/2012 08:20 PM
Driver in fatal Stephentown crash charged with aggravated vehicular homicide
The driver in a crash that left a man dead back in June has turned himself in. Now, the Rensselaer County Sheriff's office has given an update on the case. Erin Vannella has more.
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SAND LAKE, N.Y. -- The driver in a crash that left a man dead back in June has turned himself in.
The Rensselaer County Sheriff's office gave an update on the case Wednesday evening. Deputies say charges are still pending for Brendan Hoffman, 19, as they await blood test results that could confirm whether or not the teen was driving while intoxicated.
Hoffman already had a DWI on his record.
Sheriff's deputies say Hoffman was driving down Cranston Hill Road in Stephentown when he crashed. They say his passenger, Chris Baker, was ejected and later died. A witness called to report the accident and told first responders Hoffman got into another car and took off before they arrived.
Sheriff's deputies say Hoffman's father called several hours later to tell them about Baker. When officials went back to the scene, they found Baker in the woods, 100 feet away from the car, dead.
"After a lengthy investigation, it was determined that he was not only the operator of the vehicle, but his previous history allowed us to charge him with aggravated vehicular homicide, a very serious charge," Rensselaer County Sheriff Jack Mahar said.
Hoffman has pleaded not guilty to charges of aggravated vehicular homicide, reckless driving, leaving the scene of a fatal accident and failing to keep right.
He is due back in court October 1st.