EAST GREENBUSH, N.Y. - The East Greenbush Police Department has filed additional charges against 22-year-old Mark R. Fusco, a Rensselaer Police officer accused of causing a deadly crash while under the influence.
Fusco was arrested at the hospital after the crash and charged with Driving While Intoxicated, Speed Not Reasonable or Prudent, and Failure to Stay in Designated Lane. According to Rich McNally, Rensselaer County District Attorney, East Greenbush police have now added Aggravated Vehicular Homicide, Aggravated DWI, and Manslaughter.
The accident occurred around 5 a.m. Wednesday morning on Third Avenue Extension at the Rensselaer City Line near the intersection of Grove Street. Police received multiple calls of a car which struck a tree.
Upon arrival, police found a wrecked 2012 Volkswagen. The male passenger, 22-year-old Sean Murphy of Slingerlands, had been ejected from the car and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Fusco was removed by ambulance to Albany Medical Center Hospital with multiple injuries after the accident. McNally says he has been moved from the hospital to a mental health facility where medical and mental health issues are being addressed for the time being.
Tests show his blood alcohol content was more than twice the legal limit at .20.
Fusco is the son of the Rensselaer Police Department's Chief Rick Fusco, and had recently been hired as a police officer with the Rensselaer Police Department.
McNally says officers will sit down with the Murphy family in the next week to go over the investigation and accident reconstruction.
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