ALBANY — An Albany motorist who fled from police and caused a crash that killed a passenger in his vehicle was sentenced Thursday to up to 12 years in state prison, according to the Albany County District Attorney's Office.
Terrance Kelly, 23, received a total sentence of 6 to 12 years after pleading guilty earlier to second-degree manslaughter, vehicular manslaughter and driving while intoxicated.
Kelly caused the death of his 25-year-old passenger, William Yager IV, of Albany, on Jan. 14 in Albany. Police attempted to pull Kelly over about 2:30 a.m. near Western Avenue and Partridge Street, but Kelly sped away. His vehicle reached speeds in excess of 90 mph before crashing into a tree. Another passenger in Kelly's vehicle was also injured.
A blood test determined Kelly had a blood alcohol content of 0.16 percent, twice the legal limit to drive.
"This young man sought to avoid responsibility for driving while intoxicated and fled from the police," Albany County District Attorney David Soares said in a prepared statement. "He will now spend the next 6 to 12 years in prison. He will spend a lifetime reflecting on the death his actions caused."
Vehicular Crimes Unit Bureau Chief Mary Tanner-Richter and Assistant District Attorney David Szalda prosecuted the case.