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Hogansburg man charged with striking pedestrian walking in road pleads to reduced count

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MASSENA - A Hogansburg man charged with striking and injuring a female walking on the Rooseveltown Road in the early morning hours of Aug. 11 has pleaded guilty to a reduced count.

Christopher M. Terrance, 31, of 121 McGee Road, Hogansburg, pleaded guilty to attempted leaving the scene of a serious injury accident and driving while intoxicated. He had been charged with DWI and leaving the scene of a property damage accident.

Massena Town Justice James M. Crandall directed the probation department to conduct a pre-sentence investigation and scheduled sentencing for Feb. 26.

Troopers said Terrance was driving west on Rooseveltown Road when he struck a pedestrian, Marie Lohns, 90 E. Hatfield St., Massena, who suffered a broken right leg and was taken by helicopter to the Vermont Medical Center in Burlington, Vt.

Ms. Lohns, then 18, was charged with disorderly conduct - obstructing traffic following an investigation into the accident.

Troopers said Terrance left the scene and continued to drop off his friend Randa M. Martin, 49 County Route 45, Rooseveltown, where he then shut off the car and called his mother, Louise C. Jacobs, 121 McGee Road, Hogansburg.

Terrance’s blood alcohol content was 0.13 percent.

Terrance, in the statement he provided state police, said he had hosted an after-hours party at his residence and had consumed approximately five glasses of wine on a night that had started at a cancer awareness biker rally.

He said he was taking Ms. Martin home and was near the Akwesasne Boys & Girls Club when she alerted him there were some kids on the side of the road.

“I remember looking to my right just after she said that and then heard a bang noise. I tried to swerve hard left. It was dark, and I never saw any of the kids. After I heard the noise, I panicked,” he admitted, noting he took Ms. Martin to her residence, they briefly discussed the situation and she recommended he call his mother.

Ms. Martin told police it had been a mellow evening, and Terrance seemed fine when he offered to drive her home. She told troopers they drove past the first group of young adults and then struck a female who was walking in their lane of traffic.

“She was right in front of the headlights,” Ms. Martin told police, noting the sound she heard led her to believe they had only brushed the female.

Kaycee Sunday, 20, in her statement to troopers, said she and Ms. Lohns were walking toward the reservation in the oncoming traffic lane trying to get a ride to Massena.

“Marie was walking in the middle of the road, trying to flag down cars,” she said.

Terrance’s mother reportedly drove immediately to the accident scene, assisted the victim of the accident and then went and picked her son up and took him to the St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Police station to report the accident.

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