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Brushton teen admits guilt in friend’s crash death

October 3, 2012
Associated Press

MALONE (AP) - A northern New York teenager with no driver's license has admitted to smoking marijuana before crashing a car last December, killing a 16-year-old friend and severely injuring another teen.

The Press-Republican of Plattsburgh reports that 17-year-old Tanya Menke of Brushton pleaded guilty in Franklin County Court to criminally negligent homicide in the death of Brook Lyon of Moira.

Authorities say Menke only had a learner's permit and had smoked pot before her car crashed on a road Brandon on Dec. 7. Lyon was killed and 17-year-old Alexis Colette of Brushton suffered serious injuries. Menke also pleaded guilty to vehicular assault for the injuries Colette suffered.

All three were students at Brushton-Moira Central School.

Menke's sentence will be based on whether a county court judge determines if she should be granted youthful-offender status.



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