Ontario County sheriff's deputies charge Megan L. Ward with criminally negligent homicide.

CANANDAIGUA — A Canandaigua woman has been charged with criminally negligent homicide in connection with the 2016 overdose death of a 19-year-old man.

Megan L. Ward, 19, of Oak Tree Drive, was charged Friday with the class E felony, according to Ontario County sheriff’s deputies. Ward was arraigned in Hopewell Town Court and taken to Ontario County Jail in lieu of bail.

The arrest stems from the death of a man brought to the emergency room at Clifton Springs Hospital & Clinic on Sept. 26, 2016.

Sheriff’s Lt. Brad Falkey said the agency was awaiting lab results and piecing together other evidence before the arrest could be made.

“A case like this is time-consuming,” Falkey said.

According to deputies, the 19-year-old — whose name was not released Friday — was brought to the emergency room by a private vehicle. Ward did drive the vehicle and remained at the hospital, Falkey said.

Falkey said the Sheriff’s Office typically does not release the names of victims, but the man’s family has been contacted about the arrest.

The 19-year-old was beyond medical assistance and declared deceased in the emergency room, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

The man was determined to have died as a result of a drug overdose, and different medications, including opiates, were found in his system, deputies said.

Falkey declined to name the drugs.

The year-long investigation determined that Ward had assisted in obtaining the drugs the man overdosed on, deputies said. Also, the man showed “significant signs of severe medical distress” and Ward did not attempt to summon help for a "significant amount of time," deputies said.

Ward allegedly drove the man from northern Wayne County to the Clifton Springs hospital, but did not call 911 or attempt to drive him to a closer location for treatment, deputies said.

The man was unconscious and was having difficulty breathing, and his breathing eventually stopped during the drive, deputies said.

The charge implies this was not an intentional act, Falkey said.

“We’re alleging her actions led to his death,” Falkey said, noting that under state law, someone who calls for assistance in such a case is immune from prosecution.

“In this case, had that occurred, the victim may still be alive today,” Falkey said.

Ward is scheduled to appear in Clifton Springs Village Court at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

“A significant amount of information will come out as the case progresses,” Falkey said.