MAYVILLE, NY (WNY News Now) — Bail for a Jamestown man accused of hitting and killing a teenager last year with his semi-truck has been revoked, as prosecutors continue to gather evidence in connection with a separate fatal crash he is accused of causing.
Chautauqua County Court Judge David Foley revoked bail for 59-year-old Randall Rolison, after District Attorney Jason Schmidt filed a motion to do so last week.
“We filed a motion last week to revoke Mr. Rolison’s bail based upon the evidence developed from the recent vehicular fatality, Schmidt said in a statement to WNY News Now on Friday.
On New Year’s Eve 2021, Rolison allegedly struck and killed Alexis Hughan as she was crossing West 6th Street near Washington Street in Jamestown.
Rolison, who is accused of driving while ability impaired by drugs and leaving the scene of a personal injury accident in connection with the crash, was later released after making bail.
Nearly a year later, the Jamestown resident was reportedly involved in another fatal collision. New York State Troopers believe Rolison failed to stop at a stop sign at the intersection of Center Road and State Route 83 in the Town of Arkwright on Saturday, December 3, striking a ford pickup truck.
As a result, 71-year-old South Dayton resident Linda Kraemer was ejected from the pickup and later was pronounced dead at the scene.
While no charges have been filed in the most recent case, DA Schmidt sought to revoke bail after Rolison allegedly committed a “qualifying offense” to do so. An arrest warrant has now been issued.
“We have not filed any charges related to that event; we’re still developing evidence,” continued Schmidt. “Since Mr. Rolison is still hospitalized with no immediate release date due to his significant injuries, the plan is that the warrant will remain in place and the hearing on the motion will not be scheduled until Mr. Rolison is released from the hospital and can participate in the hearing.”
Previously Schmidt blamed New York’s criminal justice reforms, which he says limit judicial discretion, for Rolison’s $35,000 cash bail earlier this year. The D.A’s office initially sought a $500,000 cash bail for Rolison, and a million dollar property bond.
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