Amy Dell receives maximum sentence for deadly wrong-way drunk driving crash


A Rome woman received the maximum possible sentence for a deadly wrong-way drunk-driving crash that killed a man last year.

Amy Dell will spend eight and one third to 25 years in state prison.

Dell was convicted in Onondaga County court on charges including vehicular manslaughter in May.

Dell drove on the wrong side of the I-81 near LaFayette when she hit a car driven by 58-year-old Bruce Ham, head-on.

Ham died as a result of the crash.

According to the Onondaga County District Attorney’s office, Dell was confrontational with the authorities at the scene.

“She was belligerent with the police, cursing, swearing and constantly reminding everyone that her mother was the judge in Skaneateles,” said Onondaga County Chief ADA Christopher Bednarski.

Dell was tearful in court, expressing her regrets.

“Ever since the day of that tragic horrible accident, my heart sank and although I realize my words can’t take away the pain of the loss of a loved one you have my word that I will never ever drink again,” she said.

She was also convicted for aggravated unlicensed operation.

The bar owner has also been charged in connection with the crash.

Corner Bar owner John Hanus admitted to hiding surveillance video.

He was sentenced to one year of interim probation and 150 hours of community service.

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