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Driver arraigned on charges in deadly wrong way crash in Gates

Updated: 12/17/2013 5:51 PM
Created: 12/17/2013 5:30 PM WHEC.com

The driver accused of causing a deadly wrong-way crash on 490 in Gates was arraigned Tuesday afternoon. 

Thomas Rome was charged with second-degree vehicular manslaughter. The 37-year-old from Binghamton was also charged with operating a vehicle the wrong way on a controlled highway, reckless driving and DWI. Sheriff's Deputies say Rome is an Army National Guard Captain and has served in Afghanistan.

Investigators say Rome crashed into an SUV on I-490 between Route 204 and Westside Drive in Gates in the early morning hours on Saturday December 7. According to the sheriff's office report, deputies said they smelled alcohol on Rome's breath. 

Tatiana Chekina was in the SUV and died at the scene. She was an assistant professor of piano at the Eastman School of Music. Her husband, Oleh Krysa, was also in the SUV. He survived the crash. 

Rome was arraigned at Strong Memorial Hospital where he is currently in satisfactory condition. 



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