JAMESTOWN, NY (WNY News Now) — Less than a year after allegedly hitting and killing a 15-year-old in Jamestown, the same man is accused of causing another fatal accident this past weekend.
“There was a multi-vehicle accident that occurred at about 10:30 p.m. or 10:40 p.m. on Saturday evening December 2. It occurred in the town of Arkwright right around the intersection of Route 83 and Center Road. Unfortunately, there was a fatality involved, and that individual, Mrs. Kraemer passed away. Her and her husband were traveling home from a concert at SUNY Fredonia,” says Chautauqua County District Attorney Jason Schmidt.
DA Schmidt says 59-year-old Randall Rolison is accused of causing a fatal crash after not stopping at a stop sign last weekend.
71-year-old South Dayton resident Linda Kraemer was ejected from the pickup and later pronounced dead at the scene. Her husband was also severely injured and remains hospitalized.
So far, no charges have been filed, however an investigation continues which will include whether either of the drivers were impaired at the time of the accident.
Rolison is still under investigation after allegedly hitting a Jamestown teen last New Year’s Eve with his semi-truck, where he is said to have been driving while under the influence of drugs and fleeing the scene. He was later released on bail.
“Back on December 31, there was a motor vehicle fatality in the city of Jamestown which a 15 year old Lexi Hughan lost her life after she was struck by a commercial vehicle operated by Mr. Rolison. Subsequent to completion of the investigation we presented the case to the grand jury and we obtained a three count indictment against Mr. Rolison,” says Schmidt.
The D.A’s office sought a $500,000 cash bail for Rolison, and a million dollar property bond. Judge David Foley, however, set bail at $35,000 cash bail and a $70,000 bond.
“There have been laws imposed upon us by the legislators in Albany. Some of those laws are related to the bail statutes. They’ve made it incredibly tough for law enforcement and incredibly tough for the community. I certainly felt the request that I made was appropriate under those statutes, the statutes under which we live now,” explains Schmidt.
DA Schmidt is among the many, personally frustrated with this horrible circumstance.
“I think a lot of these laws that impact the entire state, there were some good reasons behind them. I think that the application of them may be more favorable in certain communities such as the downstate area, the New York City metropolitan area. I think here we’re in a different position,” says Schmidt.
The D.A.’s office now plans to petition the judge to revocate bail for Mr. Rolison as the DA says he has committed a “qualifying offense” to do so.
“We did obtain a three-count indictment related to the December 31 event charging Mr. Rolison with manslaughter in the second degree which essentially is a reckless act recklessly causing the death of another person. In the alternative, there’s a criminally negligent homicide, which is a criminal theory of negligence and then driving while ability impaired,” says Schmidt.
Rolison is currently hospitalized for injuries related to the accident.