Driver in Voorheesville triple fatality sentenced

DA calls on medical professionals to be responsible when prescribing drugs

— 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 after 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."

“I would like to sincerely applaud the families of Rosemarie Hume, Carol Lansing and Frances Pallozzi, for their strength and courage during this extremely challenging process," said Soares.

The district attorney said he hopes people will think before taking their medication to prevent similar tragedies in the future.

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