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Preliminary Hearing Scheduled for the Driver in the Deadly Thruway Crash

GUILDERLAND -- Tyler Pascuzzi is expected back in court Monday for the deadly accident police say he caused on the Thruway.

Pascuzzi is expected in Guilderland Town Court at 5:30 p.m. for a preliminary hearing. He's entered a not guilty plea to all of the charges he's facing, including vehicular homicide and manslaughter.

On July 4th, just before midnight, Pascuzzi was driving westbound on the Thruway. Police say he was drunk and speeding when he crashed into a civic near exit 25, and then ricocheted into a tractor trailer. His car split into two pieces.

Pascuzzi had two passengers inside, 23-year-old, Cody Veverka, and 24-year-old, Alicia Tamboia. Both were thrown from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene.

Pascuzzi's attorney told CBS6 it's a horrible situation for everyone involved.

"No matter what caused the accident, any time two young people die, it is a terrible, terrible case," says defense attorney, Stephen Coffey.

Pascuzzi is Dover High School graduate and an Amtrak employee. He has since posted bail, but the judge took his passport and told him he is no longer allowed to drive.
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