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DA: Woman admits to driving drunk, killing teen

DA: Woman admits to driving drunk, killing teen

Defendant pleads guilty to manslaugher in fatal Colonie crash
DA: Woman admits to driving drunk, killing teen
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ALBANY -- A Troy woman admitted Thursday to driving drunk and causing the death of an 18-year-old from Waterford, Albany County District Attorney's officials said.

Jessica Bellerose, 41, pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter, vehicular manslaughter and driving while intoxicated. She faces up to seven years in state prison at her May sentencing.

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Bellerose admitted to causing the death of Paige Ahearn Oct. 11 on Alternate Route 7 in Colonie. Bellerose's car careened off two other cars before slamming into the driver's side of Ahearn's vehicle, officials said. Ahearn died instantly.

Blood tests showed Bellerose's blood alcohol content to be 0.14 percent, prosecutors said. She admitted to police that she drank throughout the day. The crash happened shortly after 6:30 p.m. that evening.

The crash began as Bellerose passed multiple vehicles and then sideswiped a car driven by Melanie J. Curtis, 38, of Halfmoon. That impact sent Bellerose's car across the median into the westbound lanes. There, she first struck a car driven by Jeffrey Gaul, 58, of Rensselaer, and then slammed into Ahearn's vehicle.

Curtis was uninjured, Gaul suffered minor injuries and a passenger in Ahearn's car was taken to Albany Medical Center for injuries.

Bellerose suffered a head injury.

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