Man Charged In Connection With Chenango County Girl's Death Recounts Events

By Gabe Osterhout

July 22, 2010 Updated Jul 10, 2007 at 11:55 PM EDT

According to testimony, 42 year old George Ford told police he accidentally ran over 12 year old Shyanne Somers.

Otselic Judge Hugh Comfort ruled there was enough evidence to charge Ford with reckless endangerment.

Ford, seen here leaving the South Otselic Fire Station, told police he was at a graduation party Saturday.

He had been drinking, and left at about 10:30.

On the way, he picked up Somer to babysit his son, so he could go back to the party.

He didn't end up needing her and took her back home.

On the way, they stopped here on Warner Road.

Somer wanted to see Ford's horse, which he kept on this property.

She got out to take a look.

Ford then attempted to turn the truck around, but got stuck.

He got out to take a look, and found Somer crushed under his front tire.

He took her to the hospital about 5 hours later, where she was pronounced dead.

Chenango County assistant district attorney Steve Dunshee says the investigation continues, and other, more serious charges are possible.

"He consented to a blood test for alcohol and other substances. That test isnt' back yet. Once that test comes back, the district attorney will determine where and what to do," says Dunshee.

Police say Ford told them it took him 5 hours to get Somers to the hospital because of the initial shock, and then he got lost twice on the way there.

Ford was sent back to the Chenango County Correctional facility on 100-thousand dollars bail.

Dunshee says the next step is for a grand jury to hear the case.

No word on when that will take place.

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