Driver in fatal hit & run arraigned

JOHNSTOWN — The alleged driver involved in a hit and run that occurred in November was arraigned in Fulton County Court on Thursday and pleaded not guilty.

According to the Fulton County Court, Derrick Carlisle, 44, of Northville, pleaded not guilty on the indicted charge of leaving the scene of an accident — injury resulting in death, a felony. He is scheduled to appear in court again on Sept. 22 at 1:30 p.m.

Carlisle is the alleged driver of a of a red, 2015 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck that hit pedestrian Andria Berger, 46, of Broadalbin, who was found dead off the roadway of Route 30 near Sacandaga Outdoor Equipment.

Troopers said Berger was hit sometime between the night of Nov. 16 or early morning of Nov. 17. An autopsy conducted at Albany Medical Center determined the cause of death as multiple blunt force trauma.

It was determined the vehicle that struck her had damage to its passenger side headlight. Troopers said Carlisle’s truck had damages consistent with the incident that occurred.

Carlisle was recently returned to New York in June after fleeing to Pennsylvania in which he was being held in Northumberland County Jail on unrelated charges. He was brought to New York by a state police investigator on an arrest warrant for leaving the scene of an accident — injury resulting in death, a felony.

When fleeing to Pennsylvania, New York State Police had tracked Carlisle through his OnStar system and notified police in Pennsylvania.

Officer Kevin Herring located Carlisle on Nov. 17 and took him into custody. He was charged with receiving stolen property and firearms not to be carried without a license.

In January, Carlisle pleaded no contest to firearms not to be carried without a license, which means he was neither admitting nor denying the charges, but knew there is enough evidence against him that a jury could find him guilty. His attorney Michael Suders, of Sunbury, Penn., said no contest has the same effects as a guilty plea, and as part of the no contest plea, the receiving stolen property charge was dropped and the firearms not to be carried without a license was dropped from a felony down to a misdemeanor.

According to the Northumberland County Court, Carlisle was sentenced to time served to one to three months and to pay a $100 fine plus court costs and fees.


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