A Wallkill man was in Orange County Court on Monday to face charges in the November car accident death of a teenager, officials said.
Edward Lier, 20, was indicted recently by a grand jury on 37 counts, including aggravated vehicular homicide, in the Nov. 19 death of Alana Tadry, 15, of Wallkill, said Town of Newburgh police. Lier was arrested Friday on a court warrant.
Tadry was killed after being ejected from Lier's 1999 Audi, whose rear passenger compartment and trunk area went about 30 feet into the woods, police said. Four people were injured.
Lier was driving south about 7:05 p.m. Nov. 19 on a straightaway on Route 32 in the Town of Newburgh and was passing several vehicles, police said. He apparently tried to get back into the southbound lane when his car was struck on the driver's-side rear fender by a northbound Chevy Malibu, splitting the Audi in half.
The front of the Audi, including the front passenger compartment, slid about 200 feet south on the roadway. The accident occurred between Mill Street and East Road, police said.
Lier, 20, front-seat passenger Nicole Galgan, 18, of Newburgh, and rear-seat passenger Christopher Giammarino, 19, of New Windsor, were injured in the crash, as was the Chevy's driver, John Dyer, 49, of Newburgh.
Details on Lier's Monday court appearance were not immediately available. It was not clear if he had an attorney.
The section of road where the cars collided has been the scene of numerous traffic mishaps, including an accident that killed a young girl in February 2011, Jim Leghorn of the Cronomer Valley Fire Department told News12 in November.