Updated 09/18/2012 04:16 PM
Two Plead Not Guilty in Crash That Killed Teacher
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Mark Scerbo and Megan Merkel appeared before Judge Doug Randall. Scerbo is facing three counts of aggravated vehicular homicide, one count of vehicular homicide and other DWI charges. Merkel is facing one count of vehicular manslaughter, DWI and other traffic violations.
Both pleaded not guilty in connection with the death of Heather Boyum.
Boyum was riding her bicycle along the shoulder on Route 250 in Penfield early July 29th when she was allegedly struck by a motorcycle operated by Scerbo. That tossed Boyum onto the road and into the path of the car Merkel was driving, killing the mother of two.
Both Scerbo and Merkel are also charged with DWI. Scerbo was released from prison just weeks before the accident, having served time for previous DWI convictions.
"It's heartbreaking. She was a wonderful person and left two small chidlren and a wonderful husband. She had a great life, and it was taken away from her,"
Ray Benitez, the prosecutor, was not available for comment; nor was Scerbo's attorney. Merkel's attorney, Jim Hinman, said he was assigned the case a couple of weeks ago.
Both Scerbo and Merkel are being held in the Monroe County Jail. Bail for Merkel was set at $25,000, while the possibility of bail was denied for Scerbo. They're due back in court November 13th.