The nurse who caused a head-on crash last October that killed an Amsterdam man, was acquitted today in Montgomery County Court on five serious felonies, including second-degree manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide.
The jury deliberated about four hours before acquitting Bonnie Bohacek, 45, of Fort Hunter, of the felonies, but finding her guilty of a misdemeanor count of reckless driving. She will be sentenced on that charge in August and could receive as much as 30 days in jail.
Defense attorney Robert Abdella of Gloversville said the jury reached its decision because there was no evidence Bohacek was impaired by a combination of painkillers prescribed for a chronic back condition.
There were no witnesses to the accident that occurred at 6:30 a.m. Oct. 15, 2010, on Route 5S in the town of Florida, Abdella said, and his client, in a coma for days after the crash, has no recollection of what happened when she crossed into the westbound lane on her way to work and hit a 1995 Honda CRV driven by Anacleto Tambasco, 60, of Amsterdam.
Despite the contentions of prosecutor Kelli P. McCoski, Abdella said, "You're not necessarily impaired just because you take pain medication."
McCoski could not be reached today.
The other felony charges Bohacek faced were vehicular assault, second-degree assault and driving while ability impaired by drugs.