VOORHEESVILLE The driver in last year’s car crash outside a Voorheesville church that killed three people was indicted by an Albany County Grand Jury on Wednesday, Aug. 8.
The Albany County District Attorney’s Office said LuAnn Burgess, 55, was charged with felony aggravated vehicular homicide, vehicular manslaughter and three counts of criminally negligent homicide. The charges were leveled nearly one year after the crash took place. She will also be charged with misdemeanor counts of reckless driving and driving while ability impaired by the combined influence of drugs, along with other traffic violations.
"The Grand Jury’s decision was the final piece to the nearly yearlong investigation by this office into one of the most tragic and complex motor vehicle crashes in this county’s history," said Albany County District Attorney David Soares in a statement. "The investigation leading up to this presentation required the cooperation and coordination of multiple agencies, both local and out of state.”
On Aug. 10, 2011, Burgess was dropping off her 6-year-old son at Voorheesville Elementary School and began to head east on Mountainview Street toward home, according to then Albany County Acting Sheriff Craig Apple. According to police, her flip-flop sandal fell off near the gas pedal, leading her to lose control of the SUV and strike three elderly women standing in front of St. Matthew’s Roman Catholic Church.
It was later discovered through a round of toxicology reports that Burgess allegedly had several medications in her system at the time of the crash that were being used to treat an illness. The District Attorney's Office did not go into detail about how the presence of those drugs will play into the case against Burgess.
“As this is an open case, our office is not legally able to discuss the specific results of any testing that contributed to the charges in the indictment,” said Albany County DA spokeswoman Cecilia Louge.