Driver apologized to I-87 victim’s family

A Rockland County man apologized in court to the family of a woman who died after his car rear-ended hers on the Adirondack Northway in November 2011, his attorney told the Enterprise Tuesday.

Joseph Bohunicky Jr., 34, of West Nyack, was sentenced last week to one-and-a-third to four years in state prison for his role in the crash that killed Mary Morrissey. She and Thomas LaFountain, both of Mechanicville, had been driving north to visit their sister in AuSable Forks.

“He apologized and expressed that nothing he says can change what happened and blunt the pain and suffering for the family’s loss, and that he pleaded guilty to take responsibility for his actions,” said Essex County Public Defender Brandon Boutelle.

Bohunicky pleaded guilty in October to leaving the scene of an accident without reporting.

Police said he was behind the wheel of a 2001 Toyota Camry that rear-ended LaFountain and Morrissey’s 2000 Geo Prism on the morning of Nov. 20, 2011, in the town of Schroon. The Prism hit a guardrail and an embankment and crashed off the road. Morrissey, 65, suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Bohunicky kept driving. His car was eventually found pulled over on the side of the Palisades Parkway in Rockland County, north of New York City, after he called police to report he had hit a deer. Ray Brook-based state police were able to link the Camry to the Northway collision because part of its license plate was imprinted on the bumper of the Prism.

Boutelle said Bohunicky had been traveling to Malone that morning to visit his brother, who’s incarcerated at the state’s Franklin Correctional Facility, but he declined to provide his client’s account of what happened, including why he rear-ended the car Morrissey was in.

“I can’t comment on attorney-client conversations,” Boutelle said.

In addition to the prison term, Bohunicky was ordered to pay $7,517.26 in restitution to the victim’s family and a $2,000 fine. He also had his driver’s license revoked.

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