Driver charged in fatal accident at Rome intersection

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The driver in the fatal accident that killed a 20-year-old bicyclist has been charged with drunken driving and vehicular homicide, according to Rome Police.
 
Jasmine Finch, age 20, of Rome, was identified Friday as the victim in the fatal accident at the intersection of Black River Boulevard and East Dominick Street shortly before midnight on Thursday, police said.
Her companion, 33-year-old Travis Carpenter, of Rome, was listed in stable condition at University Hospital in Syracuse, police stated.
 
The driver of the car, 21-year-old Greish M. Ortega-Lebron, has been charged with aggravated vehicular homicide, driving while intoxicated and driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.08 percent or greater, police stated. Ortega-Lebron is awaiting arraignment at the county jail.
 
Police said Finch and Carpenter were bicycling across the intersection from East Dominick Street shortly before midnight on Thursday when they were struck by a southbound motor vehicle, driven by Ortega-Lebron. The speed limit is 30 mph at the intersection, which is controlled by a traffic light.
 
Finch was pronounced dead at the scene. Carpenter was air-lifted at Mercy Flight helicopter to University Hospital in Syracuse. Police said he was in stable condition.
 
Police have not yet released whether Finch and Carpenter were wearing helmets or reflective clothing. Police have also not said who had the right of way or if Ortega-Lebron was speeding.
 
Neither Ortega-Lebron or her passenger were injured, authorities said.
 
Finch was a 2018 graduate of Rome Free Academy. She is survived by her parents, five sisters and one brother.
 
“The Rome City School District and Rome Free Academy family are deeply saddened to hear the news of the passing of Jasmine Finch, a recent graduate of Rome Free Academy. Jasmine was a true success story,” said a statement on the school district’s Facebook page. The school is offering counseling for any student, staff or graduate who needs it.
 
“Our thoughts and prayers are with her and her family at this time.”
 
Finch was the subject of a profile piece in the Daily Sentinel when she graduated in 2018. Finch was noted as the first member of her immediate family to go to college, with plans to attend Herkimer College to become an attorney.
 
The collision remains under investigation.
Anyone who may have witnessed the crash or has information pertaining to the crash is asked to call Detective Sharon Rood at the Rome Police Department at 315-339-7715. All calls will be kept confidential.

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