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DA: Guilty plea in fatal skateboarding accident

A Saranac Lake man pleaded guilty on Monday to running over a young man on a skateboard with his golf cart and leaving him injured in the street without reporting the incident.

Franklin County Court Judge Robert G. Main Jr. is expected to sentence 44-year-old Bernard Farley of Saranac Inn to a term of six months in county jail and five years of probation.

Farley previously pleaded not guilty to fleeing the scene of a fatal accident and second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.

Without Monday's plea agreement, he faced a minimum of two and a third years in prison and a maximum of seven years in a state correctional facility.

In June of last year, Farley was driving a golf cart without headlights when he entered the intersection of Floodwood and Hoel Pond roads when he struck 19-year-old Casey McHugh of Saranac Lake, who was riding his skateboard.

McHugh was later found in critical condition and he eventually succumbed to his injuries at the Fletcher Allen Healthcare Center in Burlington, Vermont.

Following the accident, Farley left the young man lying in the roadway. He then went to a friend's house, where he asked the residents to contact rescue personnel.

Investigators located him several hours later at his home.

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