6-year-old pronounced dead at the scene

WAYLAND — New York State Police have charged a Steuben County man with felony vehicular manslaughter in connection with a fatal accident that killed his daughter.


Troopers said Derek E. Clark, 30, of Wayland was charged Monday with second-degree vehicular manslaughter (vehicle/vessel), first-degree operating a vehicle while impaired by drugs and first-degree aggravated DWI with a child.


Clark’s 6-year-old daughter, Leah Clark, who was belted in a booster seat in the back seat, was pronounced dead at the scene.


Clark was committed to the Steuben County Jail on $50,000 cash or $100,000 bond.


Wayland-based troopers said the incident was reported at 6:25 p.m. yesterday. According to troopers, Clark’s vehicle was eastbound on Route 63 when the vehicle left the roadway and struck a guide rail and a telephone pole before overturning.


Eileen Feinman, superintendent of the Wayland-Cohocton Central School District, confirmed Leah Clark was a first-grade student at the elementary school. Monday was the first day of classes for Wayland-Cohocton students.