Lake George woman dies in car accident

LAKE GEORGE A motor vehicle crash Sunday night that police said was alcohol-related claimed the life of one local woman and left a young male, another passenger, in critical condition. Nancy A. Commarto, 20, of 136 Diamond Point Mountain Road in Lake George, was killed in the crash on state Route 9 between Lake George Village and Warrensburg. Police said Michael T. Ehle, 20, of James St., Warrensburg, was in critical condition Monday at Glens Falls Hospital. The two were passengers in a 2008 2-door Honda Civic sedan driven southbound on state Route 9 near Finkle Road by Cortney C. LaCarte, 19, of 19 Milton Ave. Warrensburg. Police said LaCarte lost control of the vehicle due to speeding through a curve at about 11:25 p.m. on state Rte. 9 just below the twin bridges, or Northway overpass. Police said she lost control of the Honda, and it swerved across the southbound and northbound lanes, skidded off the the highway, and overturned as it struck rock ledges just below a driveway south of the Finkle Rd. intersection. None of the three vehicle occupants were wearing seat belts, police said. Ehle, a front-seat passenger, was partially ejected from the Honda. Ehle and Commarto had to be extricated from the vehicle, but LaCarte was pulled from the smashed vehicle from a person who arrived on the scene prior to any emergency responders, police said. Commarto, a rear-seat passenger directly behind the driver, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash by Warren County Coroner William Orluk. LaCarte and Ehle were both taken to Glens Falls Hospital by ambulances. LaCarte was charged with Driving While Intoxicated, failure to keep right, imprudent speed, and failure to wear a seat belt. She is to answer these charges in Lake George Town Court soon. Additional charges, police said, may be filed pending results of a continuing investigation, police said. The investigation is being handled by the Warren County Sheriffs Dept. Assisting at the scene were members of the Lake George Fire Dept., the Warrensburg Volunteer Fire Co,, the Bolton Fire Dept., the Lake George Emergency Squad and the Warrensburg Emergency Squad. Commarto was the daughter of Cynthia Commarto of Athol and the late Samuel J. Commarto. A lifelong resident of the area, she attended Warrensburg Central School. Commartos family members described her as enjoying her role as mother to her infant daughter Ava Mae, shopping with her grandmother, and spending time with her fiance, Tom Millington. Calling hours and the funeral were set for Wednesday at the Alexander-Baker Funeral Home in Warrensburg. A trust fund was established for her daughter Ava Mae at the Glens Falls National Bank, 3853 Main St., Warrensburg, 12885. People have been encouraged to visit the funeral homes website at www.alexanderfuneralhomes.com to sign a guest book and express condolences.

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