Driver Charged in Deadly Crash

Driver charged in deadly Wheatfield crash

WHEATFIELD, N.Y. - A 20-year-old North Tonawanda woman faces charges after a deadly crash last month on Shawnee Road.
 
The Niagara County Sheriff's Office says Carly A. Marrs hit three people just after midnight on August 20th. They were walking or standing near the fog line along the southbound lanes.  Melanie Aronow, 18, of Amherst, and Quience Harper, 18, of Lockport, died at the scene.
 
Quincy Bird, 20, of Lockport, is recovering from his injuries.
 
Marrs was charged with reckless driving, a misdemeanor.  She was also ticketed for driving with imprudent speed and cited for unlawful possession of marijuana.
 
Deputies say there was a large party in the area, and cars parked along the shoulder of the road prevented the three from walking or standing off the road.
 
Marrs reportedly told investigators she was coming from a friend's house in Wilson and driving home when the crash happened.  She also told deputies she didn't see anyone in the road.  There are no street lights in the area.  
 
The sheriff's accident investigation unit determined Marrs was traveling at or near the 55 MPH speed limit. Damage to the car indicates the pedestrians were hit by the passenger side of Marrs' SUV.
 
Marrs took roadside field sobriety and drug recognition tests shortly after the crash and passed.  She also consented to a blood test for toxicology review.  Marrs admitted to smoking marijuana prior to the crash, but the levels found in her blood were very low, indicating she was not impaired at the time of the crash.  Alcohol was not detected in her blood test.
 
Deputies found a smoking pipe in her car, and it tested positive for marijuana.
 
The homeowners who threw the party retained a lawyer after the crash, and police have not been able to interview them about what happened.
 
Marrs is scheduled to appear in Town of Wheatfield court on October 26th.
 


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