A Schoharie man has been charged with drunken driving and vehicular manslaughter after his girlfriend died as the result of a motorcycle accident, state police at Cobleskill said. Kristofer J. Govel, 28, and Colleen Rogers, 24, also of Schoharie, were traveling on state Route 443 in the town of Wright in Schoharie County at about 12:50 a.m. Oct. 1, Trooper Mark Cepiel, public information officer, said Thursday.
Govel was operating the motorcycle too fast to negotiate a curve in the roadway, troopers said. After Govel lost control, the motorcycle slid off the southern shoulder of the roadway and hit a basketball pole in the parking lot of the Evangelical Lutheran Church, Cepiel said.
Rogers was ejected, and the Govel and motorcycle continued on to hit a side wall of the church, Cepiel said.
Rogers had severe trauma and was taken to Cobleskill Regional Hospital, then transferred to Ellis Hospital in Schenectady, where she was pronounced dead within two hours of the accident, Cepiel said.
Govel had severe bleeding from his left lower leg, knee and foot and was taken to Albany Medical Center, according to Cepiel.Govel and Rogers, who were boyfriend and girlfriend, were wearing helmets, Cepiel said.
Govel was charged Tuesday with driving while intoxicated, a misdemeanor, and second-degree vehicular manslaughter, a felony, Cepiel said.
Cepiel said the case has been turned over to the Schoharie County District Attorney’s Office.
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