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December 4, 2012

Probation, jail in crash death

Brushton teen sentenced for fatal accident in 2011

MALONE — About 100 people packed the Franklin County Court gallery Monday to see a Brushton teen sentenced for a 2011 car crashed that killed one friend and injured another.

Tanya A. Menke, 17, sobbed and read from a wrinkled piece of paper before being sentenced to two concurrent terms of five years probation, with the first 45 days in County Jail, for killing Brooke Lyon, 17, of Moira on Dec. 7.

Menke won’t begin serving the term until July 1, once the school year is over.

She will also have to abide by 32 probation conditions, and any violation means she could face four years in state prison.

Menke pleaded guilty in October to criminally negligent homicide for Lyon’s death and to second-degree vehicular assault for severely injuring another passenger, Alexis Collette, 17 of Moira.

All three were students at Brushton-Moira Central School.

HAUNTED BY LOSS

Curt Lyon stepped to the podium first to tell County Court Judge Robert G. Main Jr. about the loss of his youngest child, the only daughter in the family.

“We miss her more than words can describe. Brooke’s absence haunts us every day,” he said. “Brooke won’t be here for Christmas. She won’t be here for her 18th birthday next month, and she won’t be here for her high-school graduation in June.

“She’s not here, but her legacy will live on for years,” he said, referring to a school-activity fund she helped create. “Brooke left a mark on the youth on Brushton-Moira and surrounding communities, as we still hear compliments about her and wonderful stories about our dear daughter.”

He said she “certainly had plenty to offer this world if she wouldn’t have been robbed of life during her prime. We feel we are living a nightmare without end.”

HORRIFIC CRASH

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