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Throop driver charged with manslaughter for role in crash

Prosecutors say a Throop man accused of driving under the influence of drugs in a fatal crash now faces a charge of second-degree manslaughter.

Tristan Hope, 25, of Throop was arraigned on the manslaughter charge this week after turning himself in to the Cayuga County Sheriff’s Office.

He was arrested in March after an investigation into a two-vehicle crash that killed 52-year-old Michael Maltese, a Weedsport resident on February 8.

Investigators said that his consumption of a controlled substance contributed to the crash. He was charged with criminally negligent homicide. The new charge carries a maximum sentence of 5-15 years in prison.

Hope was released after arraignment. Bail was set at $20,000.