Wrong-Way Driver Charged with Homicide in Tappan Zee Crash

Friday, Mar 28, 2014  |  Updated 1:20 PM EDT
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Wrong-Way Driver Charged with Homicide in Tappan Zee Crash

A wrong-way driver who slammed into an oncoming vehicle on the Tappan Zee Bridge, killing a passenger, has been charged with criminal negligent homicide.

Michael Schechel was arraigned in Orangetown Town Court on Thursday and released without bail.

The crash occurred on July 23. It claimed the life of Hannah Ayeh-Brachie.

Schechel was driving south in the northbound lanes of the bridge when his car collided head-on with her vehicle. Three other cars also were involved in the crash.

According to the Journal News, Schechel claimed he got confused by road signs and said he recalled little about the accident.

He could not be reached Thursday and his attorney didn't return a call seeking comment.

The evidence that led to Schechel's arrest was not released Thursday.

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