A woman has been charged with homicide for allegedly causing a crash in June that left two people dead.
The crash happened at about 10:30 a.m. June 16 on Franklin Street Road in Sennett when a passenger car hit a full-sized pickup truck head-on, resulting in the deaths of a 29-year-old man and a 2-year-old girl. A 3-year-old boy was left paralyzed.
The Cayuga County District Attorney's Office announced that the driver of the car, Kadesha Dunham, 24, of 211 Tolbert Ave., North Syracuse, was charged by the New York State Police Thursday with two counts of criminally negligent homicide and three counts of third-degree assault.
The charges allege that Dunham was operating a 2015 Hyundai Sonata westbound when she attempted to pass a concrete truck in a no-passing zone at the crest of a small blind hill. The sedan slammed into an eastbound pickup truck operated by William Curtis, 47, of Skaneateles, who suffered non-life-threatening injuries. Police in June said that Curtis had tried to avoid the collision but was unable to.
The front-seat passenger in Dunham’s vehicle, Terrell Jackson, 29, and 2-year-old back-seat passenger IyLeiah Noreault were both killed. Another back-seat passenger, Shandelle Benjamin-Noreault, 30, the mother the 2-year-old, suffered non-life-threatening injuries. Dunham’s 3-year-old son, who was also in the back seat, was left paralyzed as a result of his injuries. Dunham also suffered serious injuries.
The district attorney's office said in a news release that there is no evidence that alcohol or drug impairment played any role in the crash. Criminally negligent homicide carries a maximum sentence of up to 1 1/3 to 4 years in prison.
Dunham was arraigned in the Sennett Town Court Thursday and released on her own recognizance after being assigned an attorney.