Acting Major R. Christopher West
Troop G Commander
Update July 30, 2020: State Police have charged Benjamin Govel, 27, of Clifton Park, with Making a False Written Statement (A misdemeanor), and Aggravated Unlicensed Operation 3rd degree (misdemeanor). Breanna J. Ferrara, 27, of Halfmoon, has been charged with Falsifying Business Records 1st degree (E felony).
The two were charged after it was discovered that they had provided police with false information regarding the fatal accident that lead to the death of 16-year-old William Drake. It was originally reported that Ferrara had been the operator of the second vehicle that struck Drake, it had since been determined that Govel was the operator and Ferrara was a passenger.
Both were issued appearance tickets and are scheduled to appear in Mayfield Town Court on August 11, 2020 at 3:00 p.m.
On July 4, 2020 at approximately 4:20 pm, State Police responded to a car/bicyclist crash on State Highway 30, near Dennie Loop Road, in the town of Mayfield.
An investigation revealed the bicyclist, 16-year-old William Drake of Mayfield, was on the southbound shoulder of State Highway 30, facing east.
Drake started to enter the roadway, when a vehicle, operated by 23-year-old Julie Tineo of Amsterdam, swerved into the oncoming lane to avoid hitting the him.
The front passenger side of the vehicle hit the front tire of the bike, spinning Drake and sending him further into the southbound lane.
A second vehicle, operated by 27-year-old Breanna Ferrara of Halfmoon, was unable to stop or avoid the bike, and struck Drake in the roadway.
The teen was taken to Nathan Littauer Hospital where he died.
No tickets or charges have been filed.