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Driver pleads not guilty in fatal crash

LOCKPORT – A Town of Niagara woman pleaded not guilty in State Supreme Court Thursday to a 23-count indictment accusing her of driving under the influence of alcohol and marijuana when she crashed her car May 19, killing her passenger.

Taylor J. Clause, 18, of Steele Circle faces a maximum of 25 years in prison if she is convicted of the most serious charge in the indictment, aggravated vehicular homicide. She also is charged with second-degree manslaughter, first- and second-degree vehicular manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide.

Police said Jasmin P. Dubuc, 19, of Cayuga Drive, Niagara Falls, was ejected from the car and killed after it struck a utility pole and rolled over several times. It happened at about 5:50 a.m. on a curve on Walmore Road on the Tuscarora Indian Reservation.

Clause remains free on $5,000 bail. Her tentative trial date is June 9, and a pretrial conference was set for April 4. She is represented by defense attorneys Joel L. Daniels and James J. Faso Jr.

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