Cottekill man pleads guilty to manslaughter in fatal crash


KINGSTON – A Cottekill man pled guilty Friday to manslaughter, vehicular manslaughter and vehicular assault in Ulster County Court in connection with a two-car crash in the Town of Rosendale on September 26, 2014.
Tyler Grable, 23, of Romney Way in Cottekill was driving when he ran through a stop sign at the intersection of Cottekill Road and Lucas Avenue at 7 p.m. and struck the other vehicle. The driver of that car, Kelly Utter, 50, of Cottekill, was killed and her 19-year-old son, a front seat passenger, was seriously injured.
The case was investigated by the Ulster County Sheriff’s Office. Grable’s blood-alcohol content was .15 percent and his blood also contained active marijuana metabolites, said District Attorney Holley Carnright.
During his plea, Grable admitted to driving over 50 miles per hour through the stop sign, making no effort to slow down, and causing the fatal crash.

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