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Sheriff: Driver of boat in fatal accident had drugs in system

Sheriff: Driver of boat in fatal accident had drugs in system

The driver of the boat that struck another boat last month on Lake George and killed an 8-year-old g
Sheriff: Driver of boat in fatal accident had drugs in system
Alexander West

The driver of the boat that struck another boat last month on Lake George and killed an 8-year-old girl had three different drugs in his system, Warren County Sheriff Nathan "Bud" York said today.

York wouldn't name the drugs a blood test found in Alexander West's system, but said there were three different classes of drugs.

No alcohol was found, the sheriff said - but none was anticipated, given that West didn't surrender to authorities until 9 a.m. July 26 and 14 hours passed between the time of the crash and the drawing of blood.

West, 24, of Lockhart Mountain Road, Lake George, was arrested a few days after the crash on felony charges of leaving the scene of a serious injury and fatal boating accident. He is currently free on bail.

Four other passengers in his boat face misdemeanor charges of giving false information to investigators in the hours after the accident.

West's parents are also under investigation to find out whether they helped him avoid arrest that night.

The 9:22 p.m. crash on July 25 in the waters off Cramer Point took the life of Charlotte McCue of Carlsbad, California, and caused serious injury to her mother.

Police have said West's boat struck and went over the top of the boat in which McCue was riding.

Police believe, based on video evidence and witness statements, that West and his friends had been drinking earlier that day at Log Bay Day, an annual unsanctioned party on the east side of the lake.

York said it will be up to Warren County District Attorney Kate Hogan whether to file additional charges based on the new information. Hogan has yet to present the case to a grand jury.

West's attorney, Stephen Coffey of Albany, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Reach Gazette reporter Stephen Williams at 395-3086, swilliams@dailygazette.net or @gazettesteve on Twitter.

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