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Manslaughter charges dropped for deadly bike crash suspect

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(WBNG) -- A Broome County Grand Jury has dropped charges against Eric N. VanFossen of Endwell in the investigation into the death of a man who was riding his motorcycle recklessly in the town of Union on the night of Aug. 18.

VanFossen was charged with manslaughter in the 2nd degree, a class C felony, by the Broome County Sheriff's Office.

In a statement, the Broome County District Attorney Michael A. Korchak said:

“In this case, following an extensive investigation by the Broome County Sheriff’s Office and District Attorney’s Office, a Grand Jury reviewed several hours of witness testimony, along with other evidence and video surveillance.  The Grand Jury made the determination, based on their review of this case, the facts, although tragic, did not rise to the level necessary to move forward with criminal charges.”

Initially, the sheriff's office arrested 48-year-old John Hughes and charged him with manslaughter in the 2nd degree for extending a shovel onto to the road in an attempt to slow the motorcycle down.

VanFossen was arrested and charged later. His charges were dropped on Oct. 15.

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