Oneida driver charged in fatal May accident

Oneida City Police Chief David Meeker and State Police Investigator David Dye announced Thursday that 18-year-old Michael Krowicki II will be charged with criminally negligent homicide, reckless driving and speeding as a result of the May 9 accident on Sayles Street that took the life of 16-year-old passenger Ryan Aldash.

Criminally negligent homicide is a Class E felony that could result in up to four years in prison.

Krowicki was the driver of the vehicle when it crashed into a tree, killing Aldash and injuring he and Robert C. Eckhard, who was in the rear seat.

After creating a scale diagram and performing other tests, the police determined that the car was travelling between 93 and 101 miles per hour.

Krowicki told police he thought the car was travelling around 80 miles per hour, trying to get airborne.

"There were two survivors. I think we're also lucky there wasn't some other innocent bystander, pedestrian, somebody backing out of a driveway, for that matter someone in their home that could've been involved in this because of the great speed that was involved. How that car ended up where it was and where it ended up was simply a matter of luck," Dye said.

He was arraigned in Oneida City Court Thursday and released on his own recognizance. Police say it took months to press charges because several tests needed to be completed.

"Basically we wanted to cover all the bases. We interviewed any witnesses anyone that was involved in the vehicle. There's evidence that submitted to labs, toxicology reports," Meeker said.

Police said that Krowicki has been cooperative throughout the investigation as well as Eckhard, who has also been interviewed by police.

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