WETHERSFIELD — A Weathersfield man was high on drugs when he crashed into trees Tuesday morning, killing a passenger in his car, state police said.
Michael A. Conrad, 20, was charged with second-degree vehicular manslaughter, second-degree assault and driving while ability impaired by drugs, along with multiple traffic violations.
Conrad was driving a 2005 Mazda on Pleasant Valley Road about 11 a.m. when he lost control of the car, went off the road and hit numerous trees.
A passenger, Cori L. Shearing, 20, of Pike, was pronounced dead at the scene by the Wyoming County coroner.
Conrad showed signs of drug impairment and was taken to Erie County Medical Center for treatment of injuries. It was there a blood kit was secured and Conrad was arrested upon his release from the hospital.
He was arraigned by Skype and committed to Wyoming County Jail, with bail set at $25,000.
Conrad is to re-appear at the town of Wyoming Court in May 2020.
The Wyoming County District Attorney, Donald O’Geen, NYSP Collision Reconstruction Unit assisted in this investigation.
Shearing, a daughter of Shari and Matthew Shearing, was a 2018 graduate of Letchworth Central School, where she graduated fourth in her class and was awarded a scholarship to Hilbert College.
She was captain of the swim team in high school, was a member of the Big Buddy club, language club, Student Council, prom committee, math team and basketball and track teams.
A moving video tribute to Cori was posted on the Gainesville United Methodist Church Facebook page. To see the tribute, go to https://www.facebook.com/pg/Gainesville-United-Methodist-Church-278937702230156/posts/?ref=page_internal