DA: NY woman took heroin before fatal crash - Mar 30th, 2010 - National
RIVERHEAD, N.Y. (AP) — A New York prosecutor says a driver took heroin before mowing down an 11-year-old girl in the fall.
Maureen Lambert pleaded not guilty on Monday to a new indictment that accuses her of manslaughter.
Courtney Sipes was killed while crossing a street in Smithtown on Nov. 24. Prosecutors say Lambert was driving 60 mph in a 30 mph zone.
Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota said upgraded charges were presented to a grand jury after a witness said he was with Lambert when she used heroin. Prosecutors said toxicology reports showed Lambert had a heroin byproduct in her system.
Legal Aid lawyer Donald Silverman says the defense is still investigating the allegations.
The previous top charge against Lambert was leaving the scene of an accident.
Information from: Newsday, http://www.newsday.com