Hoffman pleads not guilty
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RENSSELAER COUNTY, N.Y. -- The driver involved in a fatal crash has pleaded not guilty. Brendan Hoffman, 21, is facing 11 counts including aggravated vehicular homicide, vehicular manslaughter, driving while intoxicated, leaving the scene of a personal injury accident, and reckless driving.
Rensselaer County Sheriff's Deputies say Hoffman was driving on Cranston Hill Road in Stephentown last June when he crashed.
They say his passenger, Chris Baker, was thrown from the car and later died. A witness called to report the crash and told first responders Hoffman got into another car and took off before responders arrived.
Sheriff's deputies say Hoffman's father called them several hours later to tell them about Baker. Deputies then went back to the scene and said they found Baker about 100 feet away from the car.