November 30, 2017




Woman pleads guilty to manslaughter in drunk driving death of college student


WHITE PLAINS – a Rye woman pled guilty in Westchester County Court on Wednesday to vehicular manslaughter and DWI charges in the death of a Manhattanville College student.

Emma Fox, 25, faces up to seven years in state prison when sentenced in February.

At about 4:50 a.m. on October 9, 2016, Fox was eastbound on Westchester Avenue in White Plains when she struck and killed Robert Schartner, 21, a college student who was running back to his dorm from downtown White Plains.

After striking the student, Fox drove for about a half-mile before stopping her car. A passing motorist saw her vehicle had sustained substantial damage to the windshield and called 911.

Police responded and found Schartner unconscious with severe trauma to the back of his head, and was pronounced dead. Officers who responded to Fox’s location detected an odor of alcohol on her breath and conducted standard sobriety tests, which she failed. She was taken to White Plains Hospital where she consented to a blood and urine test, which revealed her blood alcohol content was above .08 percent.

An autopsy of the victim revealed the cause of death was blunt force trauma of the body with fractures of skull and ribs, lacerations of brain, lungs, liver and internal hemorrhages.


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