06 September 2019
 
 
NEW YORK STATE POLICE 
Major Edward J. Kennedy
Troop A Commander


  
 
 
PRESS RELEASE
    On September 5th, 2019 New York State Police from SP Machias arrested Brian C. Shobert, age 41, and Michele L. Harter, age 46, both of Franklinville, NY on charges stemming from a fatal motor vehicle accident that occurred in 2015.  Troopers from SP Olean and SP Machias investigated a one-car motor vehicle accident that occurred October 23, 2015 in the Cattaraugus County Town of Humphrey, where vehicle occupants fled from the scene.  The victim, Steven J. Kessler, age 39, of Grand Island, NY succumbed to injuries sustained in the accident.  Investigation revealed that Shobert and Harter were the other occupants of the car at the time of the crash.  Cattaraugus County District Attorney Lori P. Rieman presented the case to Grand Jury and received indictments against Shobert for Reckless Endangerment 1st degree, Criminally Negligent Homicide, Vehicular Manslaughter 2nd degree, Driving While Intoxicated and Leaving the Scene of Personal Injury Accident.  Harter was indicted on one count of Reckless Endangerment 1st degree.  Both were arraigned in Cattaraugus County Court where Shobert was ordered to be held in Cattaraugus County Jail on $25,000 bail/$50,000 bond and Harter was released under the supervision of Cattaraugus County Probation.
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