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Erie County Sheriffs make arrest in January fatal crash

After a long investigation, Jessica Novak of Akron was arrested on April 6 and charged with vehicular manslaughter.

CLARENCE, N.Y. — An Akron woman is now facing charges in connection with a fatal crash back in January in the Town of Clarence.

The Erie County Sheriff Office says Jessica Novak, 37, was driving under the influence when she caused a multi-car crash at the intersection of Main Street and Goodrich Road on January 19. Investigators say Jeanette Helms of Clarence was killed in that crash.

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Deputies arrested and charged Novak on April 6 with felony counts of vehicular manslaughter – operating a vehicle impaired and second-degree manslaughter. She is also charged with a vehicle and traffic misdemeanor for reckless driving.

The defendant was arraigned Tuesday night and is being held at the Erie County Holding Center on $25,000.00 bail.