Trial for fatal 2019 Steuben County crash set to start Monday


BATH, N.Y. (WETM) – A Painted Post woman is set to face trial for allegedly striking and killing 56-year-old Donald Masti in a 2019 pedestrian accident.

Tonya Smith will appear in Steuben County Supreme Court for a bench trial that will begin Monday at 9:15 a.m.

On May 3, 2019, State Police in Bath responded to a fatal vehicle vs pedestrian accident on State Route 415 in the town of Bath. Troopers say Masti was attempting to cross State Route 415 when he was struck by a westbound vehicle near Roosevelt Ave.

Masti was pronounced dead at Ira Davenport Hospital, and Smith was interviewed by State Police at the hospital.

According to Steuben County District Attorney Brooks Baker, Smith was driving a 2019 Chevrolet with a blood alcohol content in excess of .18% at the time of the crash.

Smith was indicted for manslaughter in the second degree, aggravated vehicular manslaughter, and reckless endangerment in October 2019. Smith posted $25,000 bail in the Bath Town Court and was released.

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