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Posted on: July 14, 2015

[ARCHIVED] Father of driver in fatal MVA charged

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According to Sheriff Jeffrey J. Murphy, on Monday July 13, 2015, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office charged Melvin Loomis, 64 of Granville, NY with facilitating aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the second degree, 511-a(3a) and knowingly loaning a vehicle without an interlock device to a person required to have one, 1198(7b), both misdemeanors.

On May 26th 2015, Mr. Loomis’ daughter, Kristina Loomis was operating Mr. Loomis’ vehicle on State Route 22 in Granville. She struck another vehicle being operated by Elizabeth Gibson. Gibson was killed in the accident. At the time, Kristina Loomis was impaired and operating the vehicle with a suspended driver’s license. She was also required to have an ignition interlock device on any vehicle she did operate.

Loomis however did not have a valid driver’s license as a result of a previous DWI. Kristina Loomis was subsequently arrested with vehicular manslaughter amongst a host of other charges. Blood drawn from Kristina Loomis was sent for analysis and showed she had a .29% BAC at the time of the crash. It’s alleged that Melvin Loomis allowed Kristina Loomis to operate his vehicle while knowing her license was suspended and needed an ignition interlock device on any vehicle she did legally operate.

It is further alleged he did so while having been previously convicted of facilitating aggravated unlicensed operation within the last 18 months.

Mr. Loomis is set to appear in the Town of Granville Court on July 27th at 5 PM.

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