FONDA, N.Y. (NEWS10) – A man convicted for his role in a 2013 crash that killed three people was sentenced in Montgomery County Court Friday afternoon.
Officials said 70-year-old David Bain caused the crash that killed three people – a mother, her nine-year-old son and her friend.
“I’m sorry it took so long for everything to come to a head,” Bain said. “And I’m sure, maybe now, they’ll have some kind of closure.”
The accident occurred on Route 7 in Amsterdam. Authorities said Bain crossed the center line and struck a minivan head-on. Tanya Sleight, 33, and Shyara Concepcion, 38, were killed instantly. Sleight’s son, Elijah, suffered severe head trauma an died the next day.
“It’s something that I have to live with also,” he said. “Being a grandfather of seven, I can imagine how these people feel.”
Bain was charged with Manslaughter and Criminally Negligent Homicide. During his trial, the defense argued Bain suffered a medical event, and he wasn’t responsible for his actions. He was convicted of Reckless Driving and ticketed for Failing to Keep Right.
“He’s retired, never had any trouble with the law before,” Amsterdam attorney Joseph Giannetti said. “He should not be going to jail.”
“Just wish I could reverse the whole day in my mind as well as in my car,” Bain said.
Neither of the victims’ families were in court. The judge decided to revoke Bain’s driver’s license and sentence him to three years’ probation. He also has to pay $300 for the ticket.
However, a victim’s family member said justice wasn’t served.