The Cayuga County District Attorney’s Office announced that 24-year old Kadesha Dunham of North Syracuse pleaded guilty on Tuesday afternoon to 2 counts of Criminally Negligent Homicide, and 3 counts of Assault in the Third Degree, resulting from a fatal motor vehicle crash June 16, 2017 on Franklin Street Road in the Town of Sennett.
Dunham was driving westbound on Franklin Street Road in the Town of Sennett at about 10:30 a.m. on Friday June 16th. After making two unsuccessful attempts to pass a concrete truck, her third attempt to pass was in a no-passing zone and on a blind hill. Her vehicle slammed head on into an eastbound pick-up truck driven by William Curtis of Skaneateles.
Curtis suffered a concussion during the crash. Dunham suffered a traumatic brain injury and other serious injuries and has no memory of the wreck.
Dunham’s front seat passenger, 29-year old Terrell Jackson, and a 2-year old child in the back seat of Dunham’s vehicle, Iy’Leiah Noreault, were both killed. A back seat passenger, 30-year old Shandelle Benjamin-Noreault, the mother the 2-year old child, suffered non-life-threatening injuries. Dunham’s own 3-year old son, who was also in the back seat, was left paralyzed as a result of his injuries.
District Attorney Jon Budelmann said Dunham’s TBI and other permanent medical conditions require specialized housing and programs to care for her in a supervised home for the rest of her life.
Following consultation with the families of the victims and the Court, the decision was made that she would be sentenced to 5 years’ probation with strict supervision conditions to give the Court greater control over the defendant’s behavior, for a longer period than the prison and parole time she faced.
Sentencing is scheduled for October 2.