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Driver charged in June Sennett crash that killed two, injured four

Scene of a crash in Sennett back in June (CNYCentral File Photo)

One of the drivers in the motor vehicle crash in the Town of Sennett back in June that killed two people and seriously injured four others is now facing charges.

The Cayuga County District Attorney's Office announced Thursday afternoon that Kadesha Dunham, 24, of North Syracuse, was charged by New York State Police with two counts of criminally negligent homicide and three counts of assault in the third degree.

Dunham was operating a 2015 Hyundai Sonata, with five passengers, on Franklin Street Road in the Town of Sennett on June 16 when she tried to pass a cement truck over a double yellow line. When the vehicle pulled out to pass, it collided head-on with a pickup truck being driven by a 47-year-old man from Skaneateles, state police say. He suffered non-life threatening injuries in the crash, authorities said.

The front-seat passenger in Dunahm's vehicle, 29-year-old Terrell Jackson, was pronounced dead at the scene. A two-year-old child in the back of Dunahm's vehicle, IyLeiah Noreault, was pronounced dead some time later.

Noreault's mother, 30-year-old Shandelle Benjamin-Noreault, suffered non-life-threatening injuries. Dunham's 3-year-old son, who was also in the back seat, was left paralyzed as a result of his injuries.

Dunham herself also suffered serious injuries.

Dunham was arraigned in the Sennett Town Court Thursday and released on her own recognizance after being assigned an attorney, authorities said.

The DA's Office said that there is no evidence that alcohol or drug impairment played any role in the crash.

Dunham could face a maximum sentence of up to 1-1/3 to 4 years in state prison.

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