By ANDY GARDNER
MASSENA – Village police are awaiting on results of a blood test taken Friday to discover the blood alcohol level of a Massena man accused of running over another man with his vehicle and killing him.
Edward Remington, the pedestrian victim of a Friday hit-and-run accident on East Orvis Street in the village, died later that day as a result of his injuries, according to Massena Village Police Chief Timmy Currier.
The accident resulted in several charges lodged against James “Alex” Berry, 21, of 36 Park Ave., Massena that include vehicular assault, driving while intoxicated, and marijuana possession. Under state law, he could now face more serious charges of criminally negligent homicide or manslaughter.
Berry was being held in the St. Lawrence County Jail, Canton, in lieu of $100,000 bail or $200,000 bond.
According to statements from witnesses, Berry and his girlfriend Aquerra S. Weegar were heading down East Orvis Street in Berry’s pickup truck when he allegedly struck Remington in front of Woody’s store, ran him over, and backed over him again as he tried to flee.
Berry allegedly told police he consumed a tall can of Labatt’s Blue Light and two bottles of Bud Light Platinum earlier in the day.
Michael Hart in a statement to police said he was heading eastbound on East Orvis when he saw what happened and pulled his truck to block Berry from leaving. Hart noted in his statement that Berry dragged Remington 15 to 20 feet after the initial impact.
Remington’s girlfriend Kimberly Tassie told police they had gone to Woody’s from their apartment across the street for a soda. After leaving the store, she crossed the street first, looked back, and saw the truck strike Remington.
“The vehicle must have been going fast because I didn’t see it coming,” Tassie said in her statement. Weegar told police she did not believe Berry was going over 23 miles per hour.
Berry refused to give a statement to police.