MAYFIELD – Two people in a car involved in a July 4 crash that left a Mayfield teen dead have been accused of lying about which one was driving, state police said Thursday.
The charges relate only to who was driving, not the cause of the crash, a state police spokeswoman said.
Charged were Benjamin T. Govel, 24, of Albany, and Breanna J. Ferrara, 27, of Clifton Park. Govel faces misdemeanor charges of filing a false written statement and aggravated unlicensed operation, while Ferrara faces a felony count of falsifying business records.
The crash happened at about 4:20 p.m. July 4 on Route 30 near Dennie Loop Road, and involved a bicyclist and two vehicles.
Bicyclist William Drake, 16, died in the crash.
The investigation determined Drake was on the southbound shoulder of Route 30, heading east, when he started to enter the road. A passing driver, 23-year-old Julie Tineo of Amsterdam, swerved into the oncoming lane to avoid the bicyclist, troopers said.
The front passenger side of Tineo’s vehicle, however, struck the bike’s front tire, spinning Drake and sending him further into the southbound lane, state police said.
A second vehicle, which state police initially identified as being driven by Ferrara, was unable to stop or avoid the bike and struck Drake, state police said.
As the investigation continued, however, state police determined that Ferrara was actually a passenger in the vehicle and that the other person in the vehicle, Govel, was the driver, state police spokeswoman Trooper Kerra Burns said.
State police arrested both Tuesday. They were each issued appearance tickets and released to appear in court later.