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Driver in fatal motorcycle crash pleads guilty

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) - Alex Hamilton, the driver in a fatal motorcycle crash in Westerlo, was back in court Wednesday, and pleading guilty to vehicular manslaughter.

Hamilton says he can’t remember what happened that day in September because the accident has impaired his memory, but says he has now come to learn that he is responsible for the death of 23-year-old Leanna Prudhomme.

In Albany County court Wednesday morning, Hamilton accepted a plea bargain and pleaded guilty to vehicular manslaughter. He now faces a one to three year minimum sentence in state prison.

During the hearing, Hamilton said he doesn’t remember anything from the day of the crash, but has since “come to learn” that he was drinking both at a friend’s house and at the “Brass Rail” bar in Greenville before before driving Prudhomme on his motorcycle down Route 403 in Westerlo.

Prudhomme was ejected from the motorcycle and pronounced dead at the scene.

Prudhomme’s family tells NEWS10 they wanted to avoid a trial, but don’t believe any amount of jail time for Hamilton will be enough. They say Leanna Prudhome was “the sweetest girl, with a great smile and laugh” who “loved people, loved her friends, family and animals.”

Prudhomme’s mother said Leanna was taken too soon, in a terrible way. Prudhomme has just celebrated her 23rd birthday weeks before the crash.

Hamilton is due back in court for sentencing in February.


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