Woman charged with vehicular manslaughter following Utica crash

43-year-old Jennifer Pritchard of Blossvale (Photo provided by the Utica Police Department)

A Blossvale woman has been charged with vehicular manslaughter after an elderly woman who was involved in a car crash last month died from her injuries.

Posted: Mar. 7, 2018 3:49 PM

UTICA – A Blossvale woman has been charged with vehicular manslaughter after an elderly woman who was involved in a car crash last month died from her injuries, according to the Utica Police Department.

Around 2:25 p.m. on Feb. 26, Utica police officers responded to an accident in the 400 block of Oriskany Street West.

Police say 43-year-old Jennifer Pritchard of Blossvale was driving a Volkswagon eastbound on Oriskany Street when she crossed over the double yellow lines into westbound traffic, striking a Honda driven by 87-year-old Janet Moskal of Utica. The two drivers were the only ones in their vehicles at the time.

The Utica Fire Department responded to the scene at tended to the women’s injuries before they were transported to a local hospital for treatment. Police say Pritchard was found to be under the influence of alcohol at the time and she was ticketed at the hospital for DWI and failure to keep right.

On Feb. 28, officers learned that Moskal had died from her injuries sustained in the crash.

Pritchard turned herself into Utica police on March 5 and she was charged with second-degree vehicular manslaughter.

Police say this is the city of Utica’s second homicide of 2018.

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