Hilton High School grad gets probation in crash that killed her best friend

June 19, 2019 06:32 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — The Hilton High School graduate charged in the fatal Greece crash that killed her best friend accepted a plea deal Wednesday.

Brianna Scarpulla pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide and reckless driving in exchange for one year of probation. If she doesn't violate the terms of her probation, she will have the opportunity to withdraw the plea to criminal negligent homicide and be given youthful offender status which, according to New York State Unified Court System, "is meant to relieve the eligible youth from the onus of having a criminal record."


Just over a year ago, Scarpulla was driving when police say she lost control of the car, overcorrected, crossed the center line and crashed into an SUV on Latta Road. Ontario County Assistant District Attorney Zachary Maurer said Scarpulla was going more than 70 mph while also trying to gain the attention of passengers in another car. 

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. 

Ontario County Assistant District Attorney Zachary Maurer said.

Earlier this month, prosecutors told News10NBC that they had been in contact with Smith's family throughout the process and are taking their wishes into consideration. 

"There has been an 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," Maurer said.


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