RUSSIA, N.Y. – A Rome woman has been charged with vehicular assault after police say she hit a parked car while driving with a blood alcohol content of .27%.
State police say on Sept. 21, Tabitha M. Byrne, 39, was driving her Chrysler Minivan westbound on Route 365 in the town of Russia when she hit a car parked along the shoulder. The driver sitting in the parked car, Michael A. Rossi Jr., 51, of Baldwinsville, suffered a broken neck from the collision. Rossi was transported by Mercy Flight to Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse and treated for severe head and neck injuries. He was released on Sept. 26.
Byrne was arrested and charged on Nov. 12 after the State Police Forensic Lab in Albany determined her blood alcohol content to be more than three times the legal limit. She was arraigned in the town of Ohio Court and released.