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Troopers: Clifton Park man in double-DWI fatal crash admitted alcohol, medication use

Troopers: Clifton Park man in double-DWI fatal crash admitted alcohol, medication use

Troopers identified the motorist killed as a Rensselaer County woman
Troopers: Clifton Park man in double-DWI fatal crash admitted alcohol, medication use
Rice (left), Tucker-Moss (right)
Photographer: New York State Police (insets); Shutterstock (background)

EAST GREENBUSH -- Two motorists accused of being drunk after a weekend three-car crash that killed another motorist admitted to troopers they had been drinking, according to court documents.

The man accused of causing the crash, Clifton Park resident August L. Rice, 23, admitted he consumed two shots of vodka and one vodka drink prior to the Saturday afternoon crash on Interstate 90 in East Greenbush, according to state police reports filed in court. His blood alcohol content tested at 0.13 percent, above the legal limit of 0.08, the allegations state.

Rice, of Crescent Road, also admitted he took medication earlier in the day for anxiety and depression, according to police allegations.

Rice is accused of striking another vehicle on Interstate 90, near Exit 9, at about 1 p.m. Saturday. The initial impact sent the other vehicle across the median and into the path of a car being driven by Rex Tucker-Moss, 41, of Poughquoag, Dutchess County.

The driver of the car that was sent across the median, identified Monday as 71-year-old Lynn Bammann, of Nassau, died at the crash scene, state police said.

Tucker-Moss was also determined to be drunk, state police said. He suffered minor injuries in the crash. Also in his car were his wife and their two children, ages 7 and 10, state police said. His wife was taken to Albany Medical Center for treatment of injuries. The children were also taken to Albany Medical Center as a precaution, state police said.

Both Rice and Tucker-Moss now face second-degree vehicular homicide counts, each accused of driving drunk and causing Bammann's death. Tucker-Moss' DWI charge was increased to a felony, due to the presence of the children.

Tucker-Moss' blood alcohol content tested at 0.16 percent, according to the state police. He allegedly told troopers he was driving from the family's home in Dutchess County to his mother-in-law's in Troy. He admitted to having two drinks of wine at home prior to the crash, troopers said. His home is about an hour and a half from the crash scene.

Tucker-Moss smelled of alcohol, had glassy eyes, impaired speech and motor coordination and failed multiple sobriety tests, according to troopers.

Rice allegedly admitted to having the three vodka drinks before he left Clifton Park, according to the police report. His home is just under a half-hour from the crash scene. He indicated he was on his way to Rockland County at the time of the crash.

Rice had glassy eyes, impaired speech and impaired motor coordination after the crash, according to the state police report. Troopers did not indicate he smelled of alcohol. Rice also failed a series of sobriety tests.

Rice was arraigned and ordered held on $10,000 bail, while Tucker-Moss was arraigned and ordered held on $5,000 bail.

The investigation was continuing, and state police have asked any witnesses to contact investigators at 518-732-4644.

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