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Fairport Teacher's Death Inspires Tougher DWI Laws

 
Fairport Teacher's Death Inspires Tougher DWI Laws
Posted Thursday, June 13th 2013 @ 6am

(13WHAM) Albany, N.Y. - Repeat drunk drivers in New York State could soon face tougher penalties and more time in jail if they're involved in deadly crashes.
 
A new bill in the state legislature was prompted by two fatal crashes, one in Buffalo, and a crash in the Rochester area last year that killed a Fairport teacher.
 
Mark Scerbo and Megan Merkel were involved in the crash that killed Heather Boyum, who was riding her bicycle on Route 250 last July.
 
Scerbo and Merkel were intoxicated when it happened. Also, it was Scerbo's fourth DWI offense.
 
Under the new proposal, Scerbo would have been charged with a Class B felony and faced a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison.
 
As it is, Scerbo was convicted of manslaughter and faces up to 15 years in prison at sentencing.
 
Merkel was acquitted of manslaughter and vehicular manslaughter, but convicted of DWI and other traffic violations.
 
The bill has already cleared the Senate and is headed to the Assembly.

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