St. Johnsville woman facing homicide charges


PALATINE — A St. Johnsville women is facing multiple charges, including vehicular homicide, following the four-month long investigation into a fatal traffic accident that occurred in July.

According to a press release, Danielle A. Dager, 29, of 135 Matis Road, was charged Thursday by Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office for aggravated vehicular homicide, second-degree vehicular manslaughter, first-degree vehicular assault, second-degree vehicular assault, aggravated DWI with a child, driving while ability impaired by drugs, reckless driving and failing to yield right-of-way, left turn.

Dager was the driver of a 2004 Mazda 6, and had a juvenile passenger. She was traveling westbound on Route 5, in the town, while Joseph Kiuber, 48, of Pattersonville, driving a motorcycle with passenger, Sherri L. Orlosky, 58, of Johnstown, were heading east on Route 5. Dager made a left turn into the Price Chopper Plaza, crossing into the oncoming lane striking the motorcycle.

Both Kiuber and Orlosky were thrown from the motorcycle.

Orlosky was transported to St. Mary’s Hospital in Amsterdam where she later succumbed to her injuries. Kiuber sustained serious physical injuries in which he was hospitalized at Albany Medical Center for two months.

“He is out of the hospital,” said Investigator Karla J. Lamphere. “He has a cast almost up to his hip. He still has a long recovery ahead.”

Lamphere said both Dager and the juvenile passenger were not injured in the accident.

Montgomery County Sheriff Michael Amato told the Leader-Herald in July that blood was drawn from both drivers and their phones were checked to see if they were being used while driving.

According to the release, lab results were positive for drugs in Dager’s system at the time of the accident. Alcohol was not found. Other charges may be pending, according to the release. Lamphere said any pending charges could be traffic charges.

Lamphere said they are still waiting on the results from Dager’s cell phone.

Dager was arraigned at Palatine Town Court and remanded without bail to the Montgomery County Correctional Facility. Her next court appearance is scheduled for Tuesday.

By Patricia Older

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