Sweden man pleaded not guilty to charges stemming from deadly crash in February
Posted at: 10/18/2012 2:40 PM
| Updated at: 10/18/2012 5:39 PM
By: Amanda Ciavarri | WHEC.com
A Sweden man was arraigned on manslaughter and a number of other charges Thursday afternoon. Officers say 21-year-old Taylor Carbonaro was drunk when he crashed his car last winter, killing his girlfriend who was his passenger.
According to the court paperwork, when a sheriff’s deputies asked Carbonaro right after the crash what happened he told him, “I don’t really remember, I’m so drunk and had way too much to drink.”
Carbonaro was arraigned on a number of charges Thursday including reckless driving, DWI, manslaughter and vehicular manslaughter. Police say Carbonaro was driving drunk on February 17 on Lake Road in Sweden when he crashed into a utility pole, tree, pickup truck and then a house. His girlfriend and passenger, 24-year-old Mallory Hale, died in the crash.
Ray Benitez, Assistant District Attorney, said, “This is an allegation that this person recklessly caused the death of another person. It is going to be our position that he did so while operating a motor vehicle recklessly after having obviously consumed some alcoholic beverages”
Carbonaro pleaded not guilty and will be back in court December 6.
Sheriff’s Deputies did take his blood alcohol level, but it wasn’t included in the court paperwork. But according to a witness statement, Carbonaro told a witness he had somewhere around 15 or 20 drinks.
News10NBC asked the prosecution how Mallory Hale’s family is doing. He wouldn’t say too much but that she did leave behind a young daughter and the family is doing the best they can.