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Driver Makes Plea Deal In Mahopac Crash That Killed Frances Ghelarducci

Frances Ghelarducci was killed in the crash in which Richard O'Keefe was a driver.
Frances Ghelarducci was killed in the crash in which Richard O'Keefe was a driver. Photo Credit: Facebook

A retired Carmel police officer has received a reduced charge of criminally negligent homicide in the death of Frances Ghelarducci during a fatal crash in 2015 in Mahopac, according to lohud.com.

Richard O'Keefe received the reduced charge as part of a plea agreement for his part in the Nov. 14, accident that killed the former teaching aide at nearby Primrose Elementary School, said lohud.com.

State police had originally charged O'Keefe with aggravated vehicular homicide, vehicular manslaughter, and driving while intoxicated.

The new charge is punishable by up to four years in prison, said lohud.com.

O'Keefe, 59, who was arraigned on the new charges on Jan. 25, is being held without bail while he awaits a plea date, added lohud.com.

The Mahopac resident was arrested the night of the crash, which occurred at 9:38 p.m. on Route 6. According to the investigation, O'Keefe who was driving a Dodge Caravan was cut off by Anna Estrada in her friend's Jeep, state police said after the crash.

O'Keefe's minivan rammed into the Jeep, which flipped, and hit another vehicle, state police said.

Steven Ghelarducci, the owner of the Jeep, was a passenger along with his wife and Estrada's husband, Ernest Estrada, according to lohud.com.

Fran Ghelarducci died at the scene, the other passengers of the Jeep were treated at a nearby hospital for non-life threatening injuries, said lohud.com.

O'Keefe, who refused to take a Breathalyzer test, was not injured, police said.

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