Alison J. Pecor, of 110 Hollister Road, admitted to being on two prescription drugs at the time. She pleaded guilty to causing the crash that killed 18-month-old Gracelynn Madison, who was in an improperly installed car seat in the back of the vehicle.
The crash, which occurred at about 10:30 a.m. on Feb. 5 on Route 9N in the town of Hadley, also caused serious injury to the operator of the other vehicle, according to police and prosecutors.
Appearing before County Court Judge James A. Murphy III in Ballston Spa, Pecor pleaded guilty to first-degree vehicular manslaughter and second-degree vehicular assault.
In court, she admitted she was under the influence of alprazolam, commonly known as Zanax, and nordiazepam, which is similar to Valium. "The police investigation revealed that the defendant, for no apparent reason, crossed from her lane of travel into the on-coming lane and hit the victim's car head-on," according to District Attorney Karen Heggen's office.
The other driver, who has not been identified publicly, was initially taken to Albany Medical Center by helicopter, and continues to receive rehabilitative services and support, Heggen said.
The Saratoga County Sheriff's Department said the child seat was improperly installed, and that contributed to the injuries that caused Gracelynn's death.
"Defendant Pecor's choice to operate a motor vehicle while impaired and under the influence of of Zanax and Valium brought about a tragedy for all involved," Heggen said. "Her terrible decision resulted in the loss of her daughter's life and caused serious physical injuries to the operator of the vehicle she struck head-on. All three lives are forever gravely impacted by the defendant's tragic choice to to drive while under the influence of drugs."
Pecor will be sentenced on Sept. 5 in County Court in Ballston Spa. Pecor potentially faces up to 15 years in prison on the vehicular manslaughter charge.