Boat passenger testifies in trial of deadly crash

April 20, 2017 06:27 PM

Testimony continued Thursday in the trial of Alex West. He’s the man accused of drunkenly slamming his boat into another vessel, killing an 8-year-old girl last July.

The last time we saw Cara Canale, she was being arraigned days after lying to police in a statement about what happened on Log Bay Day. Nine months later, she's testifying against Alex West.

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Canale was on West's boat at Log Bay Day. She told prosecutors on Thursday she smoked hash and took two small bumps of cocaine with Alex West throughout the day. Not as much coke as she usually does.

After dinner in Bolton Landing, Canale recounted the crash where West's boat hit the boat the 8-year-old was in.

"We hit something extremely hard...I remember kind of going airborne almost and coming down in the water," she explained.

Canale says they heard screaming from the other boat.

"There would be no way any of us had known there was a fatality," she noted.

Canale said West punched the steering wheel and yelled that he had the right of way as they drove off.

In cross-examination, West's attorney's read texts from Canale to her cousin days later where she wrote:

"The f---ing boat turned in front of us with no f---ing lights on."

Canale said she'd been clean for 18 months, but started using heroin again days after the boat crash. She was arrested in the fall on several drug charges.

Prosecutors made an agreement with Canale to get her probation instead of jail time if she testified against West.

West's attorney's pointed this out, asking Canale if she lies just to get out of trouble.

Canale says she's even done drugs this week, but said she wasn't high on drugs during Thursday's testimony.

NewsChannel 13 continues to follow the trial and will bring you updates online and our future newscasts.


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