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Albany DA: Middleburgh woman admits manslaughter, drunk driving in crash death

Albany DA: Middleburgh woman admits manslaughter, drunk driving in crash death

Albany DA: Middleburgh woman admits manslaughter, drunk driving in crash death
Harley Kelly
Photographer: Albany County District Attorney (inset), shutterstock (background)

ALBANY - A Schoharie County woman admitted this week she drove drunk in June when she crashed her car, killing her passenger, Albany County District Attorney's officials said.

Harley Kelly, 19, of Middleburgh pleaded guilty Monday to one count each of second-degree manslaughter, a felony, and misdemeanor driving while intoxicated.

In return for her plea, she is to receive 3 to 9 years in state prison at her sentencing in November, officials said.

The crash happened about 2:40 a.m. June 9 in the area of Pond Hill Road and County Route 10 in the town of Rensselaerville in Albany County, officials said.

Kelly drove through a stop sign, then off the road at a high rate of speed. The vehicle went airborne before it crashed into a large pile of rocks on the side of the roadway.

As a result of the crash, Kelly's passenger, Emily Fydenkevez, died, officials said.

Blood tests showed Kelly's blood alcohol content at the time to be 0.16 percent, above the legal limit of 0.08. She also had cannabis in her system, officials said. She admitted to drinking at a party prior to driving.

The case is being prosecuted by Albany County District Attorney's Office Vehicular Crimes Bureau Chief Mary Tanner-Richter.

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