June 04, 2019 11:11 PM
GREECE, N.Y. (WHEC) -- A plea agreement is on the table for the Hilton High School graduate charged in the fatal Greece crash that killed her best friend and injured another last June.
That's according to Ontario County Assistant District Attorney Zachary Maurer who spoke with News10NBC's Charles Molineaux Tuesday.
Scarpulla's best friend and fellow Hilton High School student Paige Smith was in the car at the time of the crash. Smith died at the scene. The 64-year-old woman who was in the SUV was injured, but survived.
Scarpulla is charged with second-degree manslaughter and second-degree assault.
However, Maurer says that could conceivably change.
"We are dealing with a defendant who doesn't have a criminal history. We are dealing with a range of possible charges that could come out of the conduct," said Maurer. "You know, fortunately, we are in a position where we can do our best to work together and craft something that will be both satisfactory to the victim's family but also give the community, and the broader sense, a feeling that the matter was handled appropriately and that justice was served."
Scarpulla's lawyer Stephen Sercu tells News10NBC there have been rumors but that no plea agreement has been reached.
Maurer says he's hopeful that the two sides will have a proposed deal they can present for approval to a Monroe County judge by the end of June.
He says prosecutors have also been in contact with Smith's family throughout the process and are taking their wishes into consideration.
"There is been ongoing conversation, at least from my end, with the family of the victim at each and every step of every negotiation. They've been kept abreast of our activities and what we've been doing and we certainly would take into consideration any of their wishes when it comes to reaching a final disposition," added Maurer.
Maurer says he's optimistic about a deal but that if there is no deal, there's still the option of taking this case to a grand jury with all those felony charges on the line.
Updated: June 04, 2019 11:11 PM
Created: June 04, 2019 07:40 PM
Copyright 2019 - WHEC-TV, LLC A Hubbard Broadcasting Company