Man arrested for New Yearâ??s Eve double fatal crash

James Crosby

State police have arrested and charged the man they say is responsible for a double fatal car accident in the Town of Newfield on New Yearâ??s Eve.

19-year-old James Crosby is charged with manslaughter and assault on Monday, both felonies. He also faces additional misdemeanor charges, including assault, reckless endangerment and reckless driving.

Crosby was arrested after further investigation into the December 31, 2013 crash that killed 20-year-old Derek Nichols and 67-year-old Kathy Lattimore.

The crash happened at 5:00 p.m. on New Yearâ??s Eve. Police say Crosby lost control of his car while traveling northbound on Route 96 and crossed into the southbound lane, striking another car head-on.

Nichols was a passenger in Crosbyâ??s car, and was pronounced dead at the scene. The three passengers of the other car, including Lattimore, were taken to area hospitals for their injuries. Lattimore subsequently died from her injuries.

In addition to the criminal charges, Crosby was also issued traffic tickets for speeding, unsafe passing, failure to keep right and failure to wear a safety belt.

Crosby was arraigned in Tompkins County Court and released under the supervision of probation. He is set to appear in court again on Thursday morning.