Woman charged in crash that killed former assemblywoman


State police arrested a 29-year-old woman Thursday in connection with the November car crash that killed Chloe Ann R. O’Neil.

Troopers charged Angel L. Oliver, of Bombay, with felony criminally negligent homicide.

About 8:45 a.m. on Nov. 15, O’Neil was driving east on state Route 11B when a car driven by Oliver, southbound on Franklin County Route 5, failed to yield the right of way at a stop sign. It struck O’Neil’s sport utility vehicle on the driver’s side, according to the original police report.

The impact forced the SUV to roll over and come to rest on the passenger side in a ditch on the south side of the highway, police said.

On Thursday, troopers charged that Oliver was texting at the time of the crash, having failed to obey a stop sign at the “four corners” intersection in Dickinson on County Route 5 at 11B.

“Oliver’s distracted operation resulted in her striking a vehicle being operated by Chloe Ann R. O’Neil and this collision resulted in O’Neil’s death,” troopers said in a release Thursday.

An initial report by state police suggests O’Neil died as a result of injuries sustained when her SUV was allegedly struck by Oliver’s vehicle.

O’Neil, 75, was pronounced dead at the scene by Franklin County coroner Brian Langdon, according to police.

She was a longtime Parishville Republican and served in the state’s then-112th Assembly District from 1993 until her retirement in 1998. A former Parishville-Hopkinton Central School teacher, she surprised many when she ran for, and won, the Assembly seat held by her late husband John G.A. O’Neil.

Mr. O’Neil, who spent 12 years in the State Assembly, died in a two-vehicle accident near Sevey’s Corners on Dec. 10, 1992.

Oliver was arraigned in the Malone Town Court and was released under Franklin County probation supervision. She is scheduled to reappear in Dickinson Town Court on Wednesday.