Driver in Voorheesville triple fatality indicted

Accident called one of the most "tragic and complex" of county’s history

— The three women standing outside the church were Carol Lansing, 66, of Green Island, Rosmarie Hume, 79, of Waterford and Frances C. Pallozzi, 89, of Waterford. They were a part of the Empire State Volksporters, a group of nearly 50 hikers in the Capital District who Apple had said would normally walk in that area on Wednesdays. They were waiting for a friend who had stopped into the church to go to the bathroom when the car careened across the church lawn and struck them.

Attorneys Larry Rosen and Cheryl Coleman, who are both representing Burgess, released a statement on the indictment and said they do not feel Burgess will be convicted.

“We do not believe that Ms. Burgess committed any crimes. A tragic accident occurred a year ago and it was an accident, not a crime,” it read in part.

The District Attorney's Office called investigation "exhaustive" and said the charges are the result of "countless man hours dedicated to witness interviews, collision investigation and reconstruction analysis, toxicology inquiry and exploration, and a thorough assessment of potential legal matters associated with the presentation of this case to a Grand Jury."

"This office appreciates the families’ understanding during what can only be considered an extremely trying process and hopes that the Grand Jury’s decision today brings them some sense of closure," said Soares in a statement.

Burgess was released on her own recognizance.

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