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Gloversville man charged with vehicular manslaughter

Gloversville man charged with vehicular manslaughter

A Gloversville man charged with driving while intoxicated after a fatal Nov. 30 accident on Route 30

A Gloversville man charged with driving while intoxicated after a fatal Nov. 30 accident on Route 30 in Mayfield has been arrested on a new charge of second-degree vehicular manslaughter.

Steven W. Bristol, 25, of Alexander Street, was arrested today by the Fulton County Sheriff’s Department on the manslaughter charge and arraigned in Mayfield Town Court. He was released in his own recognizance.

James T. Borland, 20, of Fourth Avenue, Gloversville, a passenger in Bristol’s vehicle, was killed when Bristol lost control while driving north in a snowstorm. His vehicle went into the southbound lane and into a southbound vehicle.

Fulton County District Attorney Louise K. Sira said Bristol’s blood alcohol content — calculated at the state police laboratory from a blood sample — was .12 percent, 1 1⁄2 times the legal definition of driving while intoxicated.

She said while the weather was a factor, Bristol was intoxicated and driving at a speed unreasonable for the conditions.

The new charge followed completion of the investigation by the Sheriff’s Department.

Sira said Bristol’s vehicle slid sideways into the other lane, exposing the passenger side where Borland sat to a direct impact from the southbound vehicle.

The investigation determined the two men had been drinking at one of their homes before the Sunday afternoon accident, Sira said.

Sira said the southbound pickup truck, driven by 34-year-old Joshua M. Lare of Guilderland, tried to avoid the accident but met Bristol’s vehicle on the shoulder of the highway.

Bristol, Lare and a passenger in Lare’s truck, David J. Spiak, 50, of Vincenza Lane, Schenectady, were all taken to Nathan Littauer Hospital for treatment.

Fulton County Coroner Margaret Luck was called to the scene where Borland was pronounced dead.

If convicted of the class D felony, Bristol could serve a maximum prison sentence of 2 1⁄3 to 7 years, Sira said.

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