Opening statements are set for 9 a.m. today in the Montgomery County Court trial of a nurse allegedly driving while high on prescription medicine when she caused an Oct. 15 accident that killed 60-year-old Anacleto Tambasco of Amsterdam.
Bonnie A. Bohacek, 45, of Fort Hunter allegedly had several drugs in her system including morphine when she crossed the center line on Route 5S in the town of Florida and hit Tambasco’s vehicle head-on.
It was 6:30 a.m. and she was on her way to work, prosecution officials have said.
She was indicted in March on charges of second-degree manslaughter, vehicular manslaughter, second-degree assault, criminally negligent homicide, vehicular assault, driving while ability impaired by drugs and reckless driving.
Assistant District Attorney Kelli P. McCoski is prosecuting the case before Judge Felix J. Catena.
Gloversville attorney Robert Abdella is defending Bohacek.
Jury selection was completed by mid-afternoon Monday.
Bohacek was unconscious at the scene and suffered severe injuries in the crash.
Abdella could not be reached Monday for comment but following the indictment he said his client suffered “horrific injuries.”
In that interview, Abdella said his heart goes out to the Tambasco family but said the evidence will show “that this was really just an unfortunate car accident … my client didn’t do anything that rises to criminal conduct.”
Bohacek was eastbound in a 2005 Chevrolet Impala when she crossed into the westbound lane into Tambasco’s 1995 Honda CRV.
Coincident with the indictment against Bohacek, Tambasco’s estate filed a lawsuit in state Supreme Court in Montgomery County seeking undisclosed compensation for wrongful death.
The estate is represented by Latham attorney Peter J. Moschetti Jr.