Driver whose passenger died in Kirkland crash sentenced after pleading guilty to vehicular manslaughter

The man who caused a car crash that killed his 24-year-old passenger last year has been sentenced to six months in jail.

Posted: Sep 24, 2019 1:27 PM
Updated: Sep 24, 2019 2:00 PM

UTICA, N.Y. – The man who caused a car crash that killed his 24-year-old passenger last year has been sentenced to a minimum of six months in jail and will have his licensed revoked for one year.

Bryan Forte, 30, crashed his car on Route 12 in Kirkland in December of 2018. His passenger, 24-year-old Hanna Rice, died in the accident.

He pleaded guilty to vehicular manslaughter in July.

During the sentencing in court on Tuesday, the district attorney’s office said Forte doesn’t fully understand the repercussions of his actions.

“He has taken a life and he still continues to use drugs and alcohol and he has no self-reflection, because he continues to state that he does not need substance abuse treatment,” said Stacey Scotti, assistant district attorney.

Rice’s family also attended the sentencing hearing in Oneida County Court, still mourning her loss.

“I pray that God one day gives me the strength to forgive you,” said Rice’s aunt, Olivia Shauger.

Forte will be on probation for a minimum of five years on the vehicular manslaughter charge, as well as an assault charge. He will also have to use an ignition interlock device.

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