NY Homicide Charge For Cortlandt Driver in Boy’s Death

A Westchester County grand jury has indicted Thomas Chadeayne, of Cortlandt, on a charge of criminally negligent homicide in the death of 11 year old Michael Cody last August. The indictment arises out of an tragic accident which occurred on the Saw Mill River Parkway on July 30, 2008. Mr. Chadeayne was allegedly driving southbound on the Saw Mill when he attempted to make an an illegal U-turn onto the northbound lanes of the parkway near the county police headquarters in Hawthorne. Chadeayne’s vehicle was rear ended by another driver, and pushed into the northbound lanes, where it struck a vehicle being operated by Michael Cody’s uncle, John Predham, who was driving back home after the family had attended a Yankees game.

Micheal Cody suffered a serious head injury in this New York fatal motor vehicle accident, and died 6 days later from complications of the injury on August 5, 2008. Two other family members in the Predham vehicle were not seriously injured.

Mr. Chadeayne was arraigned on April 23rd, pled not guilty, and released on $10,000 bail. The indictment was issued after a several month investigation by the Westchester County Police and the District Attorney’s Office. According to his attorney, Mr. Chadeayne has no criminal record and is the married father of two handicapped children.


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