Cops: Newburgh city man could face manslaughter charge in crash

Luis Herrera, 46, was charged with felony driving

Luis Herrera, 46, was charged with felony driving while intoxicated and aggravated unlicensed driving after his girlfriend died in a car crash Saturday. (Nov. 20, 2012) Photo Credit: City of Newburgh

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A City of Newburgh man could face vehicular manslaughter charges after a Saturday crash that left his girlfriend dead, city police said.

Luis Herrera, 46, was driving north on Route 9W in Newburgh at 3:15 a.m. Saturday when he lost control and struck two parked cars, according to cops.

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Herrera wasn't supposed to be driving, police said -- his license had been suspended for an earlier drugged-driving conviction and he didn't have insurance.

The crash claimed the life of Herrera's girlfriend, 43-year-old Carolyn Rivera of New Windsor. Paramedics treated Rivera, then rushed her to St. Luke's Cornwall Hospital in Newburgh, where she later died, Newburgh police Lt. Dan Cameron said.

Herrera refused to take a chemical blood-alcohol test. In New York, refusing to take such a test results in an automatic DWI charge. Herrera was charged with felony driving while intoxicated, as well as first-degree aggravated unlicensed driving. An investigation was ongoing and Herrera could face more charges, Cameron said.

Herrera remained in Orange County Jail on Tuesday, where he was held without the possibility of bail. Herrera did not have an attorney listed in court files as of Tuesday afternoon.

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