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Driver indicted on charges in deadly wrong way crash in Gates

Posted at: 01/16/2014 11:55 AM



The Binghamton man who police say was involved in a deadly wrong way crash on 490 in Gates in December was indicted by a grand jury.

Thomas Rome was indicted on second-degree manslaughter and second-degree vehicular manslaughter. The 37-year-old from Binghamton was also charged with operating a vehicle the wrong way on a controlled highway, reckless driving and DWI. Sheriff's Deputies say Rome is an Army National Guard Captain and has served in Afghanistan.

Investigators say Rome was drunk when he crashed into an SUV with Tatiana Tchekina inside. She was the passenger in the SUV and died at the scene. Tchekina was an assistant professor of piano at the Eastman School of Music. Her husband, Oleh Krysa, was also in the SUV and survived.