GREECE, N.Y. — The Hilton cheerleader who was driving the car in a fatal crash that killed her friend is under arrest.
Brianna Scarpulla is charged with felony counts of second-degree manslaughter and second-degree assault.
Greece police say she turned herself in shortly after 12 p.m. Wednesday.
Scarpulla was arraigned and pleaded not guilty to those charges in Greece Town Court Wednesday. She was released on $1,500 cash bail and left court with her parents.
Police say Scarpulla crossed the center line on Latta Road in June and crashed head-on into a vehicle driven by a woman in her 60s.
Hilton High School student Paige Smith died in that crash.
Greece Police Chief Patrick Phelan said there was no allegation that alcohol was involved and no significant amount of drugs in her system that would warrant a DWI or DWAI charge. Phelan also says there's no allegation that Scarpulla was texting at the time of the crash.
Phelan reiterated what he said months ago, that these kinds of tragedies have a lasting impact on law enforcement.
"I think I said it at the time, it's extremely traumatic," Phelan said. "Law enforcement officers experience trauma throughout their careers and it has a deep and lasting effect on them. This is one of those times, it's a very traumatic event, a call to the death of a very young girl two weeks before her high school graduation. It's traumatic, you know, it stays with you."
The case is now in the hands of the district attorney and may be presented to the grand jury.