DA: Friends of man accused in fatal Lake George boating hit-and-run crash tried to hide him from police

LAKE GEORGE, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Five people were arrested in the boating accident that killed an 8-year-old girl and injured her mother Monday night.

Charlotte McCue, 8, was instantly killed when the boat she was in on Lake George was struck by another boat. Her mother was injured.

Five arrests were made on Friday. The following were arrested in the crash:

  • 24-year-old Alex West – two counts of 2nd degree leaving the scene of an accident without reporting, both felonies.
  • 28-year-old Christine Tiger – 3rd degree hindering prosecution.
  • 28-year-old Matthew Marry – Making a punishable false written statement, 3rd degree hindering prosecution, 2nd degree offering a false written statement, 2nd degree offering a false instrument for filing.
  • 27-year-old Morland Keyes – Making a punishable false written statement, 2nd degree offering a false instrument for filing.
  • 27-year-old Cara Mia Canale – 3rd degree hindering prosecution, 2nd degree offering a false instrument for filing.

Police said West was driving the boat that struck the victims’ boat.

Boating fatal arrests

“As he’s driving away from these people who are suffering, there are police boats that are coming toward him,” Warren County District Attorney Kate Hogan said. “He fully knew police were going to be looking for him.”

Warren County Sheriff Bud York said West ditched the speedboat he was driving about a mile from the deadly crash. York said he took off and conspired with four of his friends to cover it up.

“There were lots of excuses,” he said.

York said Tiger, Marry, Keyes and Canale all knew what happened on the lake that night.

“You have to be deaf not to feel that,” he said.

Hogan said there is surveillance footage of the crash, but the video is being sealed at the request of a defense attorney.

During Marry’s arraignment, Hogan said Marry schemed to keep quiet. She said Marry hindered the prosecution by leaving the scene and giving West a heads up about the police search. Marry is also accused of sending texts telling West to leave home because police were headed his way.

West’s defense attorney Steve Coffey said West wasn’t obligated to call 911.

“He has to know what someone was injured, and he has to know that there was a serious injury,” Coffey said. “If he didn’t know it, and he did not know it, then he does not have to call 911.”

York refuted Coffey’s statement.

“I would tell you Steve Coffey don’t know too much,” he said. “When a lawyer, who’s supposed to know the law, says that he doesn’t have to stop and report it. I don’t understand that folks.”

York said videos submitted by the public show West and his friends drinking at Log Bay Day, and video of the crash shows West’s boat traveling at a high speed when it ran over the victims’ slow moving boat.

West pleaded not guilty and bolted out of court with his parents after posting $50,000 bail.

The other four defendants also posted bail and were released.

None of the charges are related to drinking or drugs. West did submit to a blood test, but results haven’t been returned, yet.

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