Driver in June crash that killed Hilton HS student arrested for manslaughter, assault

Brianna Scarpulla, 18, turned herself into Greece Police Wednesday afternoon. She was charged with second-degree manslaughter and second-degree assault, according to Greece Police. (Photo: Greece Police)

Greece, N.Y. (WHAM) - A Hilton high school senior turned herself over to police Wednesday to face charges in the June crash that killed a fellow student and cheerleader in Greece.

Brianna Scarpulla, 18, was charged with second-degree manslaughter and second-degree assault upon turning herself in, according to Greece Police.

On June 10, Scarpulla was driving a car with 18-year-old Paige Smith as a passenger when the car collided with an SUV at Latta Road near Flynn Road. Smith was killed.

Scarpulla was taken to the hospital and was released more than one week later.

The 64-year-old woman driving the SUV suffered extensive injuries to her left foot and ankle, which required multiple reconstructive surgeries. She was later released from the hospital.

During a news conference Wednesday afternoon, Greece Police Chief Patrick Phelan said Scarpulla was driving approximately 70mph in a 40mph speed zone.

There were no significant amount of drugs or alcohol in her system that warranted any charges of DWAI or DWI, according to Phelan.

"There were other things going in the car that caused her actions to be reckless in our assessment," Phelan said. He would not specify what those actions were.

Chief Phelan did specify that the second-degree manslaughter charge was for recklessly causing the death of Paige Smith and the second-degree assault charge was for recklessly causing serious physical injury to the driver of the SUV.

Scarpulla pleaded not guilty to both charges at the Greece Justice Court.

Phelan added that blood toxicology and accident reconstruction processes took several months to complete, which led to the length of time between the initial crash and charges being filed.

The Monroe County District Attorney's Office said it anticipates presenting the case before a grand jury in, "a timely manner upon receipt of the entire investigation."

"This is a tragic situation," the Hilton Central School District said in a statement. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to both families involved."

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