Gibson charged with manslaughter

Andrew Gibson

Andrew Gibson

WESTERLO — Andrew R. Gibson, 42, pleaded not guilty before Justice Kenneth Mackey in Westerlo Town Court on Wednesday night to felony charges that followed a fatal May 16 crash.

The Westerlo man was arraigned on two counts of aggravated vehicular homicide, one count of second-degree manslaughter, and two counts of aggravated vehicular assault.

“Gibson was allegedly driving recklessly while intoxicated on County Route 401 in the Town of Westerlo when he crashed into a motorcycle and another vehicle,” according to a release from Albany County District Attorney David Soares.

Lisa Sperry, 55, was driving south on Route 401 in a minivan with her two sons — Cade Sperry, 15, and Calvin Sperry, 18 — when Gibson, who was driving in the opposite direction in a sedan, passed a vehicle in a no-passing zone and sideswiped a motorcyclist before crashing head-on into Sperry’s vehicle, according to state police. 

The two Sperry boys were hospitalized at Albany Medical Center with serious injuries, as was Gibson’s passenger, 31-year-old Lauren E. Carey, of Westerlo. The motorcyclist, Donald Utter, 56, of Rensselaerville, suffered non-life-threatening injuries, as did Gibson.

Lisa Sperry, an East Berne mother of four sons, died two days after the crash, on May 18, but her sons have since been released from the hospital.

Gibson was held in custody overnight and, at a bail hearing in Albany County Court on Thursday, bond was set at $160,000, which Gibson posted and was released.

No new appearance dates have been scheduled by the court at this time.

— Melissa Hale-Spencer

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