Driver in 2015 fatal ATV accident found guilty of vehicular manslaughter

PROVIDENCE, N.Y. – A Caroga Lake man was found guilty of vehicular manslaughter Friday, following a drunk driving incident which resulted in a fatal ATV crash in June 2015.

After a ten day trial, a jury found Edward J. Wager, 33, guilty of charges including Two counts of Class D felony Vehicular Manslaughter, and Class E felony Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated.

The Saratoga County DA’s Office says over 30 witnesses and 100 pieces of evidence showed that in June 2015, Wager was driving his ATV while intoxicated when he lost control of the vehicle while making a turn.

His passenger Roxanne Opalka, 33, was thrown from the ATV and into the side of a pick-up truck parked in a nearby driveway.

Officials say Opalka died from her injuries on the scene.

Wager was taken to Saratoga Hospital where a blood test showed his BAC to be 0.19%, more than double the legal limit.

The cause of the crash was determined to be unsafe speed with alcohol involvement.

District Attorney Karen Heggen says the Opalka family has been involved with the case from the beginning and is satisfied with Friday’s verdict.

Wager was remanded without bail to the Saratoga County Jail.

He is schedule to be sentenced in September.

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