Mayville man charged with manslaughter in Sunday's fatal accident in Orangeville
Joshua D. Huntress, of Mayville, has been charged with manslaughter in the accident that killed a North Tonawanda woman Sunday afternoon in Orangeville.
New York State Police say Huntress, 28, was charged July 12 with manslaughter in the second degree, driving while ability impaired by drugs, and several other vehicle and traffic law violations.
Around noon July 9, two motorcycles, each carrying a passenger, were traveling east on Route 20A when Huntress, driving west, crossed over the center line and struck the bikers.
Tomasa Martinez, 66, was taken to Wyoming County Community Hospital where she later died as a result of injuries sustained in the collision. The other three bikers were taken to ECMC for treatment.
Huntress was arraigned in the Town of Warsaw Court and jailed in the Wyoming County Jail in lieu of $250,000 cash bail.
He is due in Warsaw Town Court at a later date.
On April 24, State Police arrested Huntress for driving while ability impaired by drugs and unlawful possession of marijuana.
At that time, troopers responded to Route 430 in Ellery for a report of a vehicle off the road. Officials say Huntress was driving under the influence of a narcotic when he left the roadway for an unknown reason.
After allegedly failing field sobriety testing he was arrested. Following the arrest, officers say a bag of marijuana was found in his pocket. He was taken to the State Police barracks in Jamestown where he was evaluated by a State Police drug recognition expert.
He was uninjured in the above accident.
UPDATE 7:21 p.m.: According to State Police officials, the three bikers taken to ECMC are still being treated for non life-threatening injuries