Baptie accepts plea deal

 

A local woman who was accused of aggravated vehicular homicide in a fatal crash earlier this spring in Hampton has accepted a plea deal and will be sentenced later this month.

Mary E. Baptie, 44, of Whitehall will be sentenced on Dec. 21 after she accepted a plea deal from prosecutors Monday.

Baptie will be sentenced to 3½ to 10½ years in prison. .

Baptie was allegedly drunk when she was involved in a May 29 crash on Route 4 near the New York Vermont state line that killed Richard Stack, 64, of Rutland, Vt.

Police allege that Baptie was traveling in the southward bound lane of Golf Course Road when she failed to stop at the intersection of Golf Course Road and State Route 4 and subsequently proceeded into the westbound lane of Route 4, directly in the path of a truck driven by Troy Hull of West Rutland.

In an effort to avoid hitting the vehicle driven by Baptie, Hull ,whose 14 year old son was in the car at the time, swerved left into the eastbound lane to avoid colliding with the rear of Baptie’s car and ended up striking a car driven by Stack head on.

Stack was transported to Albany Medical Center via a Med Flight but later succumbed to massive internal injuries.

A passenger in Stack’s vehicle, his wife Jacquelyn, suffered serious injuries, including broken bones and need to have surgery for her injuries. She has since been released from a hospital.

Hull and his 14 year old son were treated at the scene for chest, neck and leg pain but escaped any serious injuries.

Blood tests taken after the crash revealed Baptie’s BAC to be .16, nearly twice the legal limit.

Court records reveal that she told police she had one or two beers before the accident and had drank the night before.

Baptie was indicted by a Washington County Jury in July on charges of aggravated vehicular homicide, criminally negligent homicide, driving while intoxicated, reckless driving, and failure to stop at a stop sign.

The most serious of those charges, aggravated vehicular homicide is punishable by up to 8 to 25 years in prison.

The other charges were satisfied by her pleading guilty to aggravated vehicular homicide.   

Baptie had initially rejected the deal when it was offered last Wednesday but was given until Monday to reconsider.

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