Caden Charnetski Trial: New details of crash revealed

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Day 5 Charnetski Trial

The fifth day of Caden Charnetski’s bench trial revealed new details of the crash on Thursday.

The 19-year-old is blamed for the fatal crash that took the lives of Harolyn and Matthew Matteson in July 2018.

New York State Police Investigator, David Bly, testified about accident reconstruction. He said the impact was not at high speed. 

Bly calculated the Charnetski’s car speed at 38.5 miles per hour, five seconds prior to the crash.

Within those five seconds, his car slowed down to 14.9 mph at the time of impact, without braking. 

According to Bly, Charnetski failed to yield when making a left turn onto Westlake Street in Horseheads. 

The Matteson’s motorcycle speed was calculated to range between 25 and 30.7 mph. 

Bly said Charnetki’s turning motion did not allow the motorcycle to react or do anything to avoid the crash, which is why there were no skid marks at the scene.

The recount of photos and explicit detail of the accident scene brought a stream of emotions into the courtroom. 

The defense continued to cross-examine Bly as they circled back to one of their prime arguments, that the cause of the crash had scientific reasoning rather than criminal. 

The bench trial will resume Friday at 9 a.m.

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