Man faces charges for fatal 2013 accident

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Updated: 9/02 10:52 pm

AMSTERDAM, N.Y. – A car accident killed two women and one child back in 2013, and a Montgomery County man has been arrested on a warrant.

According to the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office, David Bain, 69, was arrested on a warrant on August 28, 2014.

The warrant stems from a sealed indictment issued as a result of the fatal two-car motor vehicle accident involving Bain. 

The accident happened on State Highway 67 in the Town of Amsterdam on March 10, 2013. Witnesses to the accident told authorities that Bain's vehicle crossed over the double solid yellow lines, driving into oncoming traffic. As a result of Bain failing to keep right and traveling into the westbound traffic lane, his vehicle collided with the second vehicle operated by Tanya Sleight. 

Sleight, 33, and her passenger Shyara Concepcion, 39, died at the scene of the crash. One of the three children in the vehicle, 9-year-old Elijah Sleight, died at the hospital. Two other children were inside the vehicle. Naomi Sleight, who was two-years-old at the time of the incident suffered from broken bones and an injured spleen. Matthew Sleight, who was seven-years-old at the time of the crash, suffered from minor injuries. 

Bain was also treated for non-life threatening injuries.

Christopher Sleight lost his wife and son in the crash.

“We all think about her every day,” he said.

Christopher said he has played out the scene nearly every day since the accident.

“What did my wife see?” he wondered. “Did she have a chance to avoid it? The what ifs.”

Bain was located at his home in the City of Amsterdam and taken into custody without incident.  He has been charged with three counts of Manslaughter in the Second Degree, three counts of Criminal Negligent Homicide, one count of Assault in the Second Degree, Reckless Driving, and Failure to Keep Right.

“I feel the charges that are there – it’s fair,” Christopher said.

However, Christopher said waiting for the charges has been painstaking.

“With 18 months, that is a long time,” he said.

Christopher was at Albany Medical Center Tuesday as his daughter, Naomi, is continuing treatment following the crash.

“My daughter is still dealing with some of the health issues caused by the accident,” he said.

Christopher said the accident is still fresh in his mind.

“I go past the accident scene all the time,” he said.

Christopher said he will always love and remember his family that was lost.

“We miss them. We love them,” he said. “We want them back.”

Christopher said his family has received a lot of support from the Amsterdam community since the accident.

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office and the District Attorney’s Office did not respond to calls for comment as to why the charges took 18 months to file.

Bain was arraigned in Montgomery County Court and was remanded to the Montgomery County Correctional Facility on $25,000 cash bail. 

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Beamer2006 - 9/3/2014 8:31 PM
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The man had a seizure while driving. He wasn't drunk as a lot of ignorant people are quick to say. There's not a single charge regarding drugs or alcohol. He had some of the victims family over to his house to tell them what happened. They saw his sincerity and forgave him. The DA is being quite overzealous in this case. This was truly an unfortunate ACCIDENT!!!
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