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Madison County man faces additional charges in vehicular homicide case

Posted 9/22/22

A Madison County man charged in a motor vehicle crash that killed two people is facing additional charges following the results of a blood test.

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Madison County man faces additional charges in vehicular homicide case

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CAZENOVIA — A Madison County man charged in a motor vehicle crash that killed two people is facing additional charges following the results of a blood test, according to the Madison County Sheriff’s Office.

The case of Justin Haines, 35, of New Woodstock, is still expected to go before a county grand jury in the future.

Investigators said Haines was eastbound at a high rate of speed and under the influence of drugs at 12:30 p.m. July 20 on Route 92 in Cazenovia.

Authorities said Haines passed several vehicles on the shoulder before he lost control of his 2004 GMC Yukon and crashed head-on with a westbound 2015 Ford Focus in the oncoming
lane.

Driver Deborah Sorrentino, 69, of Syracuse, was killed in the crash, and passenger Augusta Sorrentino, 92, of Manlius, died from her injuries at the hospital, authorities stated.

Haines was charged at the time with criminally negligent homicide, second-degree manslaughter and second-degree assault, along with numerous traffic violations, authorities said.

As part of the investigation, authorities said a toxicology test was conducted on Haines, and the results of that test were recently returned. Because of the confirmation of drugs in his system, authorities said Haines has now additionally been charged with driving while ability impaired by drugs, aggravated vehicular homicide, first-degree vehicular manslaughter and second-degree vehicular manslaughter.

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