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Woman indicted in hit-and-run deaths of two college students

POUGHKEEPSIE – A Dutchess County grand jury has indicted a Red Hook woman on 17 counts for allegedly running down and killing two Bard College students as they walked along Route 9G in Tivoli late Friday night, January 31.

Killed in the hit-and-run incident were Evelina Martin Brown, 20, of Seattle, Washington, and Sarah McCausland, 19, of Winnetka, Illinois. A third person with them suffered non-life threatening injuries.

Carol Boeck, 63, was charged with several counts of aggravated vehicular manslaughter, vehicular manslaughter, manslaughter, leaving the scene of an incident without reporting, and two counts of DWI, all as felonies.  Boeck has a previous DWI conviction in 2006.

District Attorney William Grady said the most serious counts in the indictment accuse Boeck of driving in a reckless manner with a blood alcohol content of .23, almost three times the legal limit, causing the deaths of the two students.

If convicted of all counts Boeck could face up to 32 years in state prison.