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Accused drunk driver in Clifton Park crash that killed husband and wife pleads guilty

Accused drunk driver in Clifton Park crash that killed husband and wife pleads guilty

Man faces 6 1/3 to 19 years in state prison
Accused drunk driver in Clifton Park crash that killed husband and wife pleads guilty
Defendant Dickie WInn, light suit, pleads guilty Monday
Photographer: Erica Miller/Daily Gazette Photographer

BALLSTON SPA - The Cohoes driver accused of driving drunk twice the legal limit in May and causing a crash that killed a husband and wife pleaded guilty in the case Monday.

Dickie Winn, 58, appeared in Saratoga County Court and pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated vehicular homicide, a felony that takes into account the deaths of both people killed. 

In return for his plea, Winn is to receive a total sentence of 6 1/3 to 19 years in state prison at his Nov. 21 sentencing.

Winn admitted he caused the May 25 crash at Route 9 and Ushers Road in Clifton Park. Winn crossed the intersection and slammed into the car driven by John Heneghan.

Heneghan, 33, and his wife, Caitlyn J. Holtzman, 32, both of New York City, were killed in the crash. Three others in their car were seriously hurt, but survived. Winn suffered relatively minor injuries.

About a half dozen apparent family members of the victims attended Monday's plea and wept at points. They declined to comment afterward.

Video from Dickie Winn's guilty plea:

Dickie Winn pleads guilty from Daily Gazette on Vimeo.

Winn appeared with his attorney Jeff Lapham and read a brief statement during the plea: "As a result of my intoxication and reckless driving, I caused the deaths of John Heneghan and Caitlyn Holtzman."

The May crash happened shortly before 3 p.m. as Winn traveled south on U.S. Route 9 and left his lane and struck Heneghan's vehicle stopped for the light, headed east on Ushers Road at the Route 9 intersection.

The crash also seriously injured three others in Heneghan's vehicle, Julia Staples, 24, Luke O'Doherty, 25, and Enda Crowley, 25. Winn also admitted that he caused their injuries.

Heneghan, who was originally from Ireland, was living in New York City, according to the Irish Mirror newspaper. The paper also cited a relative of Holtzman, who indicated Holtzman and Heneghan were married in 2017.

In the wake of the deaths, their families asked that donations be made to Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

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