The criminal case against a Lake George man accused of causing a boating accident last month that killed an 8-year-old girl has been transferred to Warren County Court.
The transfer takes the case out of Lake George Town Court, where defendant Alexander West would have been entitled to an initial hearing, and moves it toward being heard by a grand jury.
West, 24, of Lockhart Mountain Road, faces two felony counts of leaving the scene of an accident. He is free on a $100,000 bond.
West could face additional charges, as authorities continue to investigate whether he was intoxicated at the time of the July 26 incident off Cramer Point. The results of blood tests are not yet back.
The Warren County Sheriff’s Department and witness statements indicate a power boat being operated by West struck and went over the top of a 28-foot boat on the western shore of the lake at 9:22 p.m., killing 8-year-old Charlotte McCue of Carlsbad, Calif., who was out for a ride with family members. Her mother was seriously injured.
West this week changed attorneys, with Cheryl Coleman of Albany, an experienced criminal defense attorney, replacing another high-profile defense attorney, Stephen Coffey of Albany.
Four other people who were on West’s boat face misdemeanor charges of making false statements or hindering prosecution in the hours immediately after the crash. Those cases remain in Lake George Town Court.
Authorities believe West and his friends had attended Log Bay Day, a large annual party in a secluded part of the lake known for its drinking and raucous behavior. Witness statements have placed them there earlier in the day.
The tragic event has prompted calls for authorities to end Log Bay Day.
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