Columbia County woman charged with vehicular manslaughter in hit-and-run

Jennifer McGrath-Jennings, 24, of Philmont, was arrested yesterday and charged with second-degree vehicular manslaughter and leaving the scene of a fatal accident, both class D felonies; DWI and reckless driving, both unclassified misdemeanors; and unsafe backing.

The arrest followed an accident in which McGrath allegedly struck a woman, 85-year-old Carol Milligan of Ghent, while backing up her vehicle in the parking lot of the Family Dollar on Main St. Philmont, then left the scene.

The victim was transported to Albany Medical Center by Greenport Rescue Squad where she succumbed to her injuries.
McGrath-Jennings was arraigned in Town of Claverack Court and remanded to the Columbia County Jail in lieu of $25,000 cash / $50,000 bond bail.

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The State Police in Livingston are continuing the investigation. Anyone who witnessed the incident or has information regarding it is requested to contact police at 518-851-2982.

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