PLATTSBURGH — Ronald R. Trombly was indicted Friday on manslaughter and other felony charges in the death of Ashley A. Poissant of Champlain.
Police say he was drunk when he hit the 27-year-old woman with his 2009 Buick as she jogged with friends at dusk along Perry’s Mills Road in Champlain on May 20.
Poissant died the next day at Fletcher Allen Medical Center in Burlington as a result of the injuries sustained in the crash.
She left behind three young sons, Logan, Ethan and Owen.
In August, a grand jury did not indict the 85-year-old Mooers man on any charges.
Soon after, Clinton County District Attorney Andrew Wylie expressed his disbelief.
“I was extremely shocked by the vote and upset by it,” he told the Press-Republican.
The fact that the grand jury did not have enough votes to indict Trombly was one of the factors the judge took into consideration when he chose to permit the DA’s Office to bring the evidence before another grand jury, Wylie said in an email.
INDICTED ON ALL CHARGES
This time, though, Trombly was indicted on everything he was originally charged with in June: second-degree manslaughter, second-degree vehicular manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide, all felonies; third-degree assault and two counts of driving while intoxicated, all misdemeanor charges; and two counts of failure to use due care to avoid a pedestrian, a violation.
The DA’s Office had no comment Friday on Trombly’s indictment, in light of the pending court case.
Trombly declined to comment when reached by the Press-Republican.
Poissant’s friend Angela Bechard was jogging by her side on Perry’s Mills Road the night of the accident.
Bechard said she experienced a sense of relief when she received news of the indictment Friday afternoon.
“A lot of excitement came with hearing that. (I’ve) been waiting for this for a long time,” she said. “I wish it was done right the first time, but you can’t take back what was done.
“There’s not enough words to express what we’re feeling.”
Bechard is hoping the case will move quickly through the court system.
“I’m hoping it’s not too long of a road ahead. We all need that closure.”
She said she thinks Trombly should admit his guilt and acknowledge what he did.
“I’m hoping that he just has that conscience in him and he just comes clean and says, ‘I’m guilty,’ because it’s obvious.”
Poissant’s husband, Matthew, was pleased with the grand jury’s decision, Bechard said.
“He’s very happy. That was the best news of the year to him.”
Mr. Poissant could not be reached by the Press-Republican for comment.
Trombly’s arraignment is set for 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19, in Clinton County Court before Clinton County Judge Kevin Ryan.
His attorney is Stanley Cohen.
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