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June 29, 2013

Driver charged in death of jogger

Mooers man faces 3 felonies in connection with May 20 accident

MOOERS — An 85-year-old man has been charged in the death of a Champlain woman who was killed while jogging with friends.

Ronald R. Trombly, 85, of Mooers was arrested Thursday in connection with the May 20 accident on Perry Mills Road in Champlain that killed 27-year-old Ashley A. Poissant.

Toxicology results from the New York State Police Forensic Investigative Center in Albany indicated that Trombly’s blood-alcohol content was .12 percent at the time of the accident, according to a news release Friday from Chazy-based State Police.

After consultation with Clinton County District Attorney Andrew Wylie, Trombly was charged with second-degree manslaughter, second-degree vehicular manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide, all felonies; third-degree assault, a misdemeanor; driving while intoxicated with a blood-alcohol content above .08 percent; and failure to exercise due care when approaching pedestrians.

“Every day is hard,” said Karen Poissant, the mother of Ashley’s husband of more than eight years, Matthew.

RELEASED AFTER COURT

Trombly surrendered himself at the State Police Barracks in Chazy, accompanied by his defense attorney, Stephen Johnston.

He was arraigned before Champlain Town Justice John J. Labonte and released on his own recognizance, as recommended by Wylie. His release came with several conditions: His New York State Driver’s License was suspended, he must report to the Clinton County Probation Pre-Trial Release Program, and he must wear an alcohol-monitoring bracelet.

He is due back in Champlain Town Court at 5 p.m. Wednesday, July 10.

DIED OF BRAIN INJURY

State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation Lt. John Coryea told the Press-Republican that the accident happened at dusk.

It was reported to State Police at 8:46 p.m.

State Police said the accident happened as Trombly was driving a 2009 Buick westward near 58 Perry Mills Road.

Bureau of Criminal Investigation Senior Investigator Tracey Eggleston said in May that Trombly was alone in the vehicle and was driving home at the time of the accident.

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