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>Speed cited in crash fatal to 8 last July

HAWTHORNE (AP) -- Police said Tuesday the wrong-way driver blamed for eight deaths last summer in Westchester County was going 85 miles an hour when the wreck occurred.

State police issued their final report Tuesday on the July 26 accident.

Diane Schuler of West Babylon on Long Island, previously was found to be drunk. The collision killed Schuler, her daughter, three nieces and three men in the other vehicle.

Investigators said the SUV she struck was going about 74 miles per hour.

The collision occurred on the northbound Taconic State Parkway.

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>Husband faces charges in death of wife

HORNELL (AP) -- A Hornell man has been charged with killing his estranged wife seven months ago, when authorities said he falsely told police she had been ejected from an all-terrain vehicle.

Daniel Bradford Jr., 32, was charged late last week with murder, tampering with evidence and making false statements in the death of his wife, Jennifer, 28, last November.

She earlier had obtained an order of protection after accusing him of domestic violence.

Bradford told authorities his wife fell off the back of the vehicle.

Bradford said he and a friend were rushing her to a hospital when their truck was pulled over for speeding in the village of Canisteo.

She died the next day.

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>Man denies killing ex-girlfriend, son

BATH (AP) -- A Watervliet man pleaded not guilty Tuesday to stabbing to death his ex-girlfriend and their 3-month-old son on Father's Day in a small Steuben County town.

Authorities said Trieste Clayton, 25, had obtained an order of protection against Bryan M. Ashline, 23, after he was charged with assaulting her last August in Watervliet, near Albany.

She moved back to Bath after that attack and was stabbed to death June 20 along with their son, Xavier, in her apartment.

At a court appearance Monday, Ashline pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder.

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