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October 3, 2012

Teen pleads guilty in friend's death

Admits role in wreck that killed friend, hurt another


Lyon was killed, and Collette and Menke were first taken to Alice Hyde Medical Center in Malone, then transferred to Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington.

Some students riding Brushton-Moira School District buses home that day passed the crash site before rescue personnel arrived.


Champagne said Lyon should not have been in the car because conditions of a New York state learner’s permit only allow people related to the driver to be in the vehicle.

The DA said he requested that the judge consider sentencing the driver to five years of probation with strict conditions similar to what are required of people convicted of felony-level driving while intoxicated.

And after consulting with Lyon’s family, Champagne is asking for extra conditions, including 500 hours of community service with participation in “meaningful education to high-school drivers in driver education about driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.”

He is also asking that Menke have a 10 p.m. curfew the entire five-year term of probation and that she complete high school and then either obtain a full-time job or take at least 18 hours of college courses per semester.


Champagne is also requesting that she have no learner’s permit or driver’s license during the five years and that she not be allowed to create or use a Facebook or MySpace account.

Menke would also be required, under his request, to participate once a year for five years in the county’s Victims Impact Panel and allow searches of her home to be conducted for the presence of drugs or alcohol.

Lyon, the daughter of Curt and Tanya Lyon of Moira, was a basketball and volleyball player and a member of the National Honor Society and the school’s Varsity Club.

Collette, who continues to recover from her injuries and has returned to school, played volleyball, and Menke was the basketball team’s scorekeeper and equipment manager.

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