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Child paralyzed after Hudson Valley man drives high in New York

A Hudson Valley man admitted to smoking pot before causing a head-on crash that left a child paralyzed.

Orange County District Attorney David M. Hoovler announced a guilty plea following an impaired driving accident.

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On Monday, 22-year-old Chauncey Smith of Pine Bush pleaded guilty in Orange County Court to aggravated vehicular assault.

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Smith faces a prison sentence of 3 to 9 years if convicted. He will be sentenced in July.

Head-on crash on Route 17K in Orange County, New York

On August 14, 2023, Smith was driving a 2018 Chevrolet westbound on State Route 17K in the city of Newburgh.

His vehicle crossed the double yellow line dividing traffic and he collided head-on with a 2017 Kia traveling eastbound.

Both the driver and one passenger from the Kia were transported to Sint-Lucas Hospital. Two other Kia passengers, ages 1 and 15, were transported to Westchester Medical Center.

Teen paralyzed

The accident left the 15-year-old paralyzed, officials said.

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Another passenger suffered serious bodily injuries. Officials have not released the injury.

Admits he’s been riding high

After the crash, Smith told police he smoked marijuana. An analysis of his blood confirmed the presence of marijuana.

Smith later admitted to driving his car recklessly while impaired by marijuana consumption and causing serious bodily harm to two people.

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“The consumption of marijuana remains dangerous and illegal when combined with operating a vehicle,” said District Attorney David M. Hoovler. “In the wake of this reckless incident, we must highlight the devastating consequences of drug driving. The disregard for safety shown by this defendant has resulted in serious, life-altering harm to innocent individuals.”

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