Collins woman charged in 2018 fatal crash

OBSERVER Staff Report

CONCORD — A Collins woman who was allegedly under the influence of illegal drugs while operating a motor vehicle that killed another person last year has been formally charged.

Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announced Tuesday that 25-year-old Allyson Rollek has been arraigned before town of Concord Justice Timothy P. Frank on one count of second-degree vehicular manslaughter.

It is alleged that on Sept. 29, 2018, at approximately 2:18 p.m., Rollek was driving westbound on Creek Road in the town of Concord, when she crossed over the double yellow lines and into the eastbound lane striking another vehicle head on. The collision fatally injured Ralph Spaulding, 66, and injured his 11-year-old passenger.

Deputies at the scene felt her manner of speech and demeanor was consistent with narcotic use. Testing of the defendant’s blood detected the presence of fentanyl.

Rollek was released on her own recognizance after her license was revoked.

If convicted, Rollek faces up to seven years in prison.

Assistant District Attorney Christopher M. McCarthy of the DA’s Vehicular Crimes Bureau is prosecuting the case.

As are all persons accused of a crime, the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.