Docs: Saccone under influence of alcohol, cocaine; drove 86 mph at time of Onondaga crash
The man charged in connection to the crash back in February that killed three young people with ties to Onondaga County Community College was under the influence of alcohol and cocaine, and was driving at excessive speeds at the time of the crash.
According to court documents that CNYCentral obtained from Onondaga County District Attorney William Fitzpatrick, 30-year-old Anthony Saccone, of Camillus, began drinking at approximately 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 22 — approximately eight-and-a-half hours before the crash occurred in the Town of Onondaga.
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Court documents state that Saccone ingested alcoholic beverages and cocaine throughout the evening hours and into the morning hours of Friday, Feb. 23.
Documents say that Saccone was driving his 2015 GMC Arcadia toward his home residence around 3:25 a.m. Friday, and allege that he was in an intoxicated condition of alcohol and cocaine at the time. Authorities said he had a BAC content of .18, more than twice the legal limit.
Around 3:40 a.m., while on Onondaga Blvd. in the Town of Onondaga, documents said Saccone began to accelerate his vehicle — with the accelerator pressed to the floor — eventually reaching a speed of approximately 77 mph about 200 yards before reaching the traffic light at the intersection of Onondaga Blvd. and Onondaga Road. The posted speed limit on the area is 35 mph.
Saccone crossed a double solid yellow line while approaching the intersection, and then reached a speed of 86 mph — more than 50 mph over the legal limit — according to court documents. Saccone is then said to have driven through a red light.
That's when authorities say Saccone T-boned a Chevrolet Impala that was going through the intersection. The Impala was carrying Samra Osmanovic, 20, Baylie Rose, 19, and Michael Walker, 18, all of whom were current or former students at Onondaga County Community College. All three occupants in that vehicle were killed instantly in the crash.
Court documents say Saccone then fled the scene of the crash to evade detection, hiding in his mother's house.
The documents add that Saccone "knew or had cause to know that personal injury had been caused to another person, due to an incident involving a motor vehicle operated by him, and did not, before leaving the scene where the injury occurred, stop, and with no police officer in the vicinity, failed to report the incident as soon as he was physically able to."
Saccone was arrested shortly after the crash and was arraigned later that day with bail set at $100,000.
He was indicted on Monday in Onondaga County Court on three counts of second-degree murder. The judge also increased Saccone's bail to $1 million cash or $2 million bond.
Saccone is scheduled to reappear in court on May 1. The trial is scheduled for Oct. 9.