Woman pleads not guilty in fatal motor vehicle crash that killed teen on Alt. Route 7


COLONIE, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Jessica Bellerose, covering herself with a hospital blanket with injuries to her face from the accident, was escorted into Colonie Town Court by state police to face charges.

41-year-old Jessica Bellerose was released from Albany Medical Center on Thursday and taken into custody by state police.

Before Judge Andrew Sommers, she pled not guilty to felony Vehicular manslaughter and DWI.

On alternate Route 7 Tuesday night, state police say Bellerose struck one vehicle on the eastbound side, and then crossed the median and struck two more vehicles, killing 18-year-old Paige Ahearn.

Family members of Bellerose were in court and she posted a $75,000 bail.

Her attorney, Mike McDermott, says she is aware that Ahearn was killed during the horrific four-car crash, and is “absolutely devastated.”

“I don’t know what the facts are yet,” said McDermott. “I mean the DA and the state police have made allegations. Like I said, there’s no blood test yet, there’s no accident reconstruction. We’re just going to have to wait and see what it is. I mean, I think we just need to let the system do what the system does. Let the state police finish their job.”

McDermott says Bellerose was working currently as a nurse’s aid, and that she has no prior charges or traffic infractions, but he would not say where she was before the accident or any other details about this case.

The judge is allowing her to visit her father in Florida, but she cannot drive and is on a pre-trial probation.

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