UPDATE (1/22/19 12:45 p.m.): Caden Charnetski’s trial date has been tentatively scheduled for early June. The bench trial will be in front of Judge Richard Rich.
UPDATE (1/4/19 1:00 p.m.): Caden Charnetski plead not guilty to vehicular manslaughter. He will reappear in court at a later date.
Charnetski’s attorney, Ray Schlather said, ” Caden has no criminal history he’s a teenager, he has long roots in the community. The court recognized that, the court continued its current release status, which is to be released in his own recognizance. The court agreed that that status should be continued here.”
Christina Sonsire, who represents the Matteson family, understands the frustrations. She said it’s been a long and difficult journey.
“They want to make sure that this horrible tragedy has some sort of a positive outcome. If in fact there was driving under the influence coming on, young people need to know that’s not acceptable and the consequences are steep.”
Sonsire went on to say that the Matteson family is doing well, all things considered. There’s been a lot of frustration in the community in regards to this and all the family wants is peace.
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Caden F. Charnetski, 18, of Elmira, who was the driver in a head-on collision that killed two motorcyclists back in July, will be arraigned in the Chemung County Court at 9:00 a.m. on Friday.
Charnetski was originally charged with operating a motor vehicle while impaired by drugs. Additional charges are pending and will not be released until the arraignment.
Matthew Matteson, 43, from Elmira, and his wife Harolyn Matteson, 42, were ejected from a motorcycle after colliding head on with Charnetski’s car on Westinghouse Road in Horseheads.
“They want to make sure that this horrible tragedy has some sort of a positive outcome,” Christina Sonsire, the Matteson family spokesperson said. “If in fact there was driving under the influence going on. young people need to know that’s not acceptable and the consequences are steep.”
Matthew was transported to Arnot Ogden Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. Harolyn was sent to the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre where she was pronounced dead.
The couple left behind three children.