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Trooper released on bail, accused of causing 11-year-old’s death during high-speed pursuit

A New York State trooper denied bail earlier this month in his murder case had bail set at $100,000 cash or $300,000 bond after a Supreme Court justice heard it.

Christopher Baldner is accused of pepper spraying a driver, identified as Tristin Goods. He was stopped for speeding, then was pepper sprayed before Goods took off.

A high speed pursuit ensued and the trooper is accused of ramming in to the minivan twice. It caused the vehicle to flip over twice.

An 11-year-old girl, identified as Monica Goods, died in the wreck and chase.

The pursuit happened in 2020, according to court papers. He faced charges related to two other pursuits that occurred in New York State – including the one in 2019.

The case is being prosecuted by Attorney General Letitia James.

Goods is a Brooklyn resident. The pursuit took place north of New York City.