ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A woman whose SUV killed three women when it plowed into a group of pedestrians in New York state last summer has been indicted on criminally negligent homicide, vehicular manslaughter and other charges.
Prosecutors say 56-year-old LuAnn Burgess was driving recklessly and under the influence of drugs when her 2007 Toyota Highlander ran off a road, hit the women and crashed into a church in the Albany suburb of Voorheesville on Aug. 10.
Investigators say the SUV was going 38 mph on the quiet village street and accelerated to 46 mph just before crashing. Burgess told police a flip-flop she was wearing interfered with the accelerator. Tests later showed she had taken prescription anti-anxiety and anti-depressant drugs.
Burgess was arraigned Wednesday and released without bail. Messages left for her lawyer weren't immediately returned.