Caden Charnetski trial: Witnesses detail deadly crash

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Day two of Caden Charnetski’s bench trial brought in nearly ten new witnesses to the stand.

Charnetski is accused of causing an accident in Horseheads that killed Harolyn and Matthew Matteson in Horseheads while under the influence of marijuana.

Testimonies included eyewitness drivers who were near the deadly scene on July 10, 2018, and saw the horrifying moments of the fatal collision unfold.

One witness said she saw Harolyn and Matthew tossed through the air like “rag dolls”. 

Another witness said he thought he smelled alcohol from Matthew’s mouth when he checked to see if he was breathing. 

“What the facts here show is that Matthew Matteson’s blood was analyzed by a New York State toxicology lab,” Attorney Christina Sonsire, who represents the Matteson family said. “It showed no evidence of alcohol whatsoever,” she emphasized. 

The defense remained focus on their stance that the laws of science played a larger role than the marijuana Charnetski smoked prior to the crash. 

They continued to highlight that it was a combination of vehicle speed, complex geographical road conditions and then 18-year-old Charnetski’s inexperienced driving skills. 

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