17 Year Old Charged, For March 4th Fatal Accident In Avoca

April 10, 2020

Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard reports that an unnamed 17 year old was charged with driving under the influence of drugs in that March 4th fatal accident in Avoca, that claimed the life of 18 year old Christopher O’Dell. The 17 year old was ticketed and released. Sheriff Allard says there may be more charges, in this case.

See full statement below:

Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard reports that on April 9, 2020, deputies of the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office arrested the alleged operator of the vehicle involved in the fatal crash on State Route 415, Avoca, New York occurring on March 4th, 2020. It is alleged that the operator of the vehicle, age 17 at the time of the incident, did operate the vehicle while their ability was impaired due to drug use. The operator was charged with Driving While Ability is Impaired; due to Drugs, arraigned in the Centralized Arraignment Court and released.

This investigation is on-going and future charges may be filed.