Driver in Fatal Croydon Crash Pleads Not Guilty

Thursday, January 04, 2018

Newport — The Sharon woman who is alleged to have been drinking and driving in September when her vehicle crossed the centerline on Route 10 in Croydon and crashed into another vehicle, causing the death of two people, pleaded not guilty at her arraignment on Thursday in Sullivan County Superior Court, Assistant County Attorney Justin Hersh said.

Kristin Lake, 22, remains free on $100,000 personal recognizance. She is facing two felony charges of negligent homicide.

According to prosecutors, Lake was under the influence of alcohol when her vehicle slammed into an oncoming Volvo on the night of Sept. 22.

Michelle Fenimore, 20, and Nicholas Carpenter, 18, both Newport residents returning from their jobs at J.C. Penney in West Lebanon, were killed.

Lake told police she had two drinks at the Newport Moose Lodge earlier that evening and described herself as “buzzed,” prosecutors said at her initial court appearance after the crash. Her blood alcohol level of .114 exceeded the legal limit of .08, prosecutors have said.

Hersh said on Thursday he asked for bail of $100,000 cash, but the judge left in place the previous bail condition of $100,000 personal recognizance.

Lake’s next court appearance is scheduled for Feb. 9.