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Driver gets prison term in fatal accident

September 17, 2012
By MICHAEL ANICH , The Leader Herald

JOHNSTOWN - The driver of a car that crashed in December, killing a front-seat passenger and badly injuring the

deceased man's teenage sister, was sentenced today in Fulton County Court to 2 1/3 to seven years in state prison.

Justin M. VanNostrand, 20, of 186 Elmwood Ave., Gloversville, was sentenced by Judge Polly A. Hoye in an emotional proceeding at the County Courthouse.

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The Leader-Herald/Bill Trojan
Justin VanNostrand, center, speaks during his sentencing today. He is flanked by attorneys Ron Schur, left, and Amanda Rose.

VanNostrand, accused of driving recklessly in the crash, told the families of his victims he was sorry. They read victim-impact statements.

Sentencing was based on his June 13 guilty plea to second-degree manslaughter and third-degree reckless endangerment, both felonies.

VanNostrand was the driver of a car involved in the Dec. 4 crash at the intersection of Route 29 and Steele Avenue Extension in the town.

The accident claimed the life of his friend, Christopher Insogna, 19, and seriously injured Insogna's sister, Kelsey R. Insogna, 17, who was riding in the back seat. She survived but is wheelchairbound.

Fulton County Sheriff Thomas Lorey previously said VanNostrand was driving a 2000 Ford Mustang at a high rate of speed southbound on Steele Avenue Extension at 7:45 p.m. Dec. 4.

VanNostrand failed to stop at the stop sign at Route 29, crossed the highway and slammed into the embankment in front of 2151 Route 29, Lorey said. The car then smashed into a parked truck, flipped over it and came to rest on its front bumper between the truck and the house, Lorey said.

More on this story will appear in Tuesday's print edition of The Leader-Herald.



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