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December 21, 2012

Charges lodged in fatal crash

MALONE — A Brushton man has been charged with criminally negligent homicide in the death of another young driver in August.

Justin C. Supernault, 21, is also charged with driving while intoxicated, first-degree operation of a motor vehicle with ability impaired by drugs, and failure to keep right in connection with the Aug. 4 crash that killed Cody O’Connor, 21, of Moira.

District Attorney Derek Champagne said the two had been lifelong friends and had just left a house party when the crash occurred.

They were driving in separate vehicles on County Road 8 in the Town of Bangor at about 4 a.m. when O’Connor lost control of his vehicle on a curve and struck an embankment.

Investigators said Supernault’s vehicle, traveling behind O’Connor’s, also went off the road, hit the embankment and overturned on top of O’Connor’s vehicle.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Supernault turned himself in to State Police Tuesday evening and was released without bail under the supervision of the Probation Department and is to return to court on Jan. 28.

Rumors have said Supernault and O’Connor were drag racing at the time. But Champagne said it did not appear as though they were because of the speed the vehicles were moving at the time of the crash, according to information he received from the State Police Collision Reconstruction Team.

“We recommended the release under probation because the victim’s family did not want him to be in jail,” the DA said.

“This was a tragic event for both parties because of the longtime friendship of the defendant and the victim,” he said.

Email Denise A. Raymo: draymo@pressrepublican.com

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