NEW YORK STATE POLICE
Major Jeffrey A. VanAuken
Troop C Commander
- Aggravated Vehicular Homicide, a class “B” felony
- Aggravated Vehicular Assault, a class “C” felony
- Aggravated Unlicensed Operation in the first Degree, a class “E” felony
- Aggravated Unlicensed Operation in the third degree, misdemeanor
- Driving While Impaired by Drugs, misdemeanor
- Reckless Driving, misdemeanor
The arrest stems after an investigation into a head-on crash that occurred on May 26, 2022, on State Highway 23 in the town of Davenport. Troopers responded to the collision at approximately 4:00 a.m., which involved a minivan and a tractor trailer. Bright was operating the minivan and was airlifted to a hospital for non-life-threatening injuries. Bright’s passenger, Stacey M. Stachow, age 43 of Meredith died at the scene of the crash. The operator of the tractor trailer suffered minor injuries and was treated and released at a local hospital.
Bright was located by Troopers on August 17, 2022, and processed at SP Oneonta. He was arraigned at the Hamden Town Court and remanded to the Delaware County Jail.
5/31/22 UPDATE: The driver is identified as Adam S. Bright, age 39 of Kortright, NY. The passenger who died is identified as Stacey M. Stachow, age 43 of Meredith, NY. The operator of the tractor trailer is Michael J. Lutz, age 53 of Oneonta, NY.
On May 26, 2022, at approximately 4:00 a.m. State Police responded to State Route 23 in the town of Davenport for a report of a tractor trailer vs. passenger vehicle collision.
As a result of the head on collision, a 43-year-old female passenger of the van was pronounced deceased at the scene. The operator of the passenger vehicle was transported by helicopter to a hospital with leg and pelvis injuries. The operator of the tractor trailer suffered minor injuries.
State Police were assisted on scene by Pindars Corners Fire and EMS, East Meredith Fire and EMS, as well as Oneonta EMS.
The investigation is ongoing.