GUILDERLAND, N.Y. – State Police have arrested the driver involved in a double fatal accident on the Thruway during the holiday weekend.
According to State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation, they have arrested Tyler Pascuzzi, 24, after he was released from Albany Medical Center where he was being treated for injuries.
Pascuzzi has been charged with felony aggravated vehicular homicide, felony vehicular manslaughter in the first, felony manslaughter in the second, DWI, and reckless driving. He was arraigned in the Town of Guilderland Court Tuesday afternoon and pleaded not guilty. He was able to make bail, which was set at $250,000.
On July 4, shortly before midnight, police say Pascuzzi was driving a 2004 Volkswagen westbound on I-90. He was carrying two passengers, 23-year-old Cody Veverka and 24-year-old Alica Tamboia.
Police say Pascuzzi was traveling in the center lane at a high rate of speed when he struck a 2003 Honda Civic. The second vehicle was operated by 29-year-old Brian Miller. Miller then lost control and struck the center guide rail before coming to rest.
Pascuzzi’s vehicle then began to spin and continued in a westerly direction before striking an Old Dominion Freight Lines tractor trailer. Police say that upon impact with the trailer, the Volkswagen separated into two pieces.
Veverka and Tamboia were ejected and pronounced dead at the scene. Pascuzzi and Miller were transported to Albany Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.
The driver of the tractor trailer was not injured.
State Police say a fourth vehicle was traveling westbound behind the accident and struck parts of the Volkswagen, which caused damage to the vehicle. The driver was uninjured.
Pascuzzi did not respond to questions after his court appearance, but his attorney did chose to comment.
"The district attorney’s office is in possession of certain facts or claimed facts that we don't have yet. So we're really in the beginning stages here. This poor young man is just come out of the hospital. And of course, there's two dead people, two very serious injuries here, death and we're going to have to deal with it,” said Pascuzzi’s attorney, Stephen Coffey.
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