42 year old Steven Eldridge from Penn Yan now faces up to 25 years in prison after a grand jury indicted him on 18 counts stemming from a horiffic accident on July 19th. Yates County Sheriff Ron Spike said that Eldridge was, "under the influence of a buffet of drugs," when his car clipped a van carrying Amish workers to area farms. The van swerved into a tractor killing 6 people, a dog and injuring many others.
The grand jury indictment charges Eldridge with aggravated vehicular homicide, aggravated vehicular assault, 6 counts of 2nd degree manslaughter, 2nd degree assault, DWAI, and reckless driving. The most serious charge, aggravated vehicular homicide is a class B felony which carries a prison term of 12.5 to 25 years.
Yates County District Attorney Jason Cook says he is working closely with the Amish community in preparation for the trial which will feature a video re-enactment of the accident. Sheriff Spike says, "Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words. The video is meant to help jurors understand how the crash occurred."
Eldridge is currently being held at the Yates County jail in lieu of $250,000 bail. He will be arraigned on the grand jury indictment on October 14th.Download the indictment documents.