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Sharon Woman Heads to Trial in Fatal Crash



Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Newport — A 23-year-old Sharon resident accused of driving under the influence in September and hitting a vehicle head-on in Croydon, killing the two people inside, is slated to head to trial on negligent homicide and other charges next month.

Kristin Lake appeared in Sullivan Superior Court on Tuesday for a final pretrial hearing.

At that hearing, the parties agreed on an October trial month, according to Assistant Sullivan County Attorney Geoffrey Gallagher.

A message left for Lake’s attorney, James Valente, wasn’t immediately returned.

Lake faces four felony charges: two counts of negligent homicide and two counts of aggravated driving under the influence. She has pleaded not guilty and remains out on bail.

Prosecutors say Lake driving was under the influence of alcohol on the night of Sept. 22, 2017, when her vehicle slammed into an oncoming Volvo on Route 10, killing Newport residents Michelle Fenimore, 20, and Nicholas Carpenter, 18.

Fenimore and Carpenter were returning from their jobs at J.C. Penney in West Lebanon when they were killed. Lake had consumed two drinks at the Newport Moose Lodge and had a blood alcohol level of .114 after the crash, prosecutors have said.

Fenimore was engaged to Carpenter’s brother, Trevor Morse, family members previously said.

Court documents indicate jury selection will begin on Oct. 1. The trial is slated to last about four days, Gallagher said.