The teen who survived a crash that killed her best friend is charged with manslaughter and assault
GREECE — The former Hilton High School student who survived a deadly crash in Greece in June turned herself in to Greece Police on Wednesday.
Brianna Scarpulla, 18, is charged with second-degree manslaughter and second-degree assault.
Scarpulla was the driver in the fatal crash that killed Hilton High School student Paige Smith.
Greece Police say the charges stem from her reckless behavior behind the wheel that caused the death of Smith and injured the driver of the other vehicle, an SUV driven by a 64-year-old woman from Greece. Scarpulla also was injured in the crash. There were no others in the vehicle.
Police say Scarpulla lost control of the car, overcorrected, crossed the center line and crashed into the SUV on Latta Road, just west of Torrey Pine Lane. Investigators believe speed and distracted driving led to the crash.
Scarpulla paid the $1,500 bail and left court with her parents. She is due back in court on Oct. 2.
The Hilton Central School District released a statement following Scarpulla's arrest saying, "This is a tragic situation. Our thoughts and prayers go out to both families involved."
The crash took place in early June, just two weeks before the Hilton district's high school graduation June 23. Paige Smith was planning to go to school for cosmetology, according to her mother, who told News 10NBC in June, "She loved life. She was sassy, just happy."
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says June is the deadliest month for teenage drivers and passengers.