TROY, N.Y. - On Wednesay morning, 20-year-old Brendan Hoffman, of Stephentown, turned himself into the Rensselaer County Sheriff's Office to answer charges resulting from a fatal vehicle crash in the Town of Stephentown in June.
Hoffman is charged with Aggravated Vehicular Homicide, Reckless Driving, Leaving the Scene of a Fatal Accident, and other traffic violations.
The sheriff tells NEWS10 alcohol was a factor in the crash, which is why the charges were upgraded.
The charges stem from a crash that occurred in the early morning hours of June 28, 2012, in which Hoffman was driving on Cranston Hill Road when he crashed his car causing the death of 24-year-old Christopher Baker. He then allegedly fled from the scene, climbed into another car, and drove away. It wasn't until Hoffman told his father that Baker was in the car that officers knew of his death.
Police say Baker had been ejected more than 100 feet from the wreckage, where his body was found nearly four hours after the crash.