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Potsdam pair indicted in pedestrian-death case

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CANTON — A Potsdam woman has been indicted on vehicular manslaughter charges in connection with the March 30 death of a pedestrian in the village of Potsdam.

Laurel L. Randall, 44, faces charges of first- and second-degree vehicular manslaughter, first- and second-degree vehicular assault, tampering with physical evidence, leaving the scene of an incident without reporting, driving while intoxicated and aggravated DWI after she allegedly struck Fuli Wu, 59, as she was walking along May Road about 8:30 p.m. on a Saturday night.

A St. Lawrence County grand jury on Thursday also handed up an indictment against Stephen E. Coates, 48, Potsdam, who allegedly helped Ms. Randall hide her vehicle after the incident. Mr. Coates faces a charge of tampering with physical evidence.

According to court documents, Ms. Randall admitted she been drinking that afternoon before leaving a bar with two friends in her car about 8:30 p.m.

On a bend in May Road, the car struck something, Ms. Randall said, shattering her windshield on the passenger side. She told police that she told her friends to get out and check, and that Mr. Coates replied, “You hit a deer. Just go.”

Mr. Coates is accused of hiding the car in his garage at 4 Missouri Ave., Potsdam.

Test revealed Ms. Randall’s blood alcohol content was 0.21 percent that night, investigators said. The threshold for intoxication under state law is 0.08 percent. Aggravated DWI is charged when the BAC is 0.18 percent or more.

Another passenger, Leanna R. Perrigo-White, 33, Norfolk, called a friend, who then reported the incident to police, according to documents. She was not charged in the case.

Also indicted on Thursday:

Nekeda Smith, 38, Brooklyn, faces one count of promoting prison contraband. She allegedly tried to bring a razor into the Riverview Correctional Facility, Ogdensburg, on May 11.

Matisha L. Wineglass, 32, Antwerp, faces one count of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and tampering with physical evidence.

According to court documents, Ms. Wineglass was discovered to be in possession of cocaine following a traffic stop April 2 in the village of Gouverneur. She is accused of trying to hide the drug from police by concealing it in her vagina.

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