Sheriff: Woman under the influence of fentanyl at the time of the crash

NORTH DANSVILLE — A Wayland woman is facing a felony charge following an investigation into a motor vehicle crash that occurred in June.


Livingston County Sheriff Thomas J. Dougherty said Friday that Sadie C. Wagner, 25, has been charged with second-degree Vehicular Assault (class E felony), Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs as a Refusal and Failure to Yield the Right of Way.


Wagner's arrest stems from a six-month investigation into a motor vehicle crash that occurred on June 6, 2019 on Hornell Rd (Rt. 36) at the intersection with the Interstate-390 Exit 4 southbound off ramp in the Town of North Dansville.


Authorities said the crash was caused when Wagner failed to yield the right of way by pulling off the Exit 4 southbound off ramp and in front of a tractor trailer which was southbound on Hornell Road (Route 36). The passenger of Wagner's vehicle, a 36-year-old male, sustained a femur fracture, a C2 back fracture, rib fractures, and a sternal fracture in the crash.


Due to the refusal by Wagner to submit to a blood draw, a search warrant was obtained for any blood samples that were secured at the hospital where she was being treated. Those samples were then sent to a forensic lab for testing which did show that Wagner was under the influence of fentanyl at the time of the crash.


Wagner was located and arrested by Sheriff’s Investigator Connor Sanford of the Criminal Investigations Division. Wagner was ultimately transported to the Livingston County Jail to be processed by Central Booking Deputies and held in pre-arraignment detention.


The District Attorney’s Office provided a bail recommendation of $3,000 cash or $6,000 bond. Wagner was later arraigned by Village of Avon Justice Temperato in the Livingston County Centralized Arraignment Part (LC-CAP) at the Livingston County Jail. The Judge released Wagner on her own recognizance and Deputies set her free.


Investigating at the scene of the crash were members of the Command Staff, Criminal Investigations Division, Patrol Division, STOP DWI Unit, Forensic Investigation Unit, Commercial Vehicle Unit, Drone Unit and Drug Recognition Expert Unit. The follow up investigation was handled by several members of the Criminal Investigations Division.


"Starting Jan. 1, 2020, many different level crimes are not allowable for the suspect to be held on bail," stated Sheriff Dougherty. "The above case is a good example where a judge will not be able to hold the defendant(s) on bail and instead will be required to release them per the new law. Catch and release will be the new normal in New York State.”