Anger Grows Over Binghamton Drugged Driving Deaths
Some residents of Binghamton's West Side are expressing outrage after a second pedestrian death linked to a drugged driver in less than two years.
16-year-old Harper Stantz died as a result of injuries she sustained when she and 19-year-old Britney Laserinko were hit by an out-of-control Jeep as they walked on Beethoven Street Monday.
33-year-old Kevin Wilcox of Harpursville, the driver of the vehicle, is being held at Broome County Jail on charges of vehicular assault and driving while ability impaired by drugs.
Many people who live and work on the city's West Side are citing similarities in this week's incident to the death of 47-year-old Ronald Richardson. He was struck by a vehicle operated by a drugged driver as he walked on Main Street in April 2017.
Both deadly crashes happened in daylight - on Monday afternoons. The scenes are separated by about eight blocks.
36-year-old Jennifer Grenchus of Vestal pleaded guilty to criminally negligent manslaughter in connection with Richardson's death. She had been arrested on drug charges four days before Richardson died.
Broome County Court Judge Kevin Dooley sentenced Grenchus to five years probation last March 16.
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