Fiancé charged in July death of Saratoga Springs man

September 12, 2019 06:59 PM

MALTA - They were heading north on Route 9 not far from the Malta Drive-In.  

Kelly Leonardi was driving a 2010 Mazda 3 and her fiancé, John Stevens, was in the passenger seat when police say Leonardi crossed over all four lanes of traffic and crashed into a Ford F-250 pickup truck.


Stevens was killed.

Almost two months after the July 14 crash, Leonardi was arrested. 

Saratoga County District Attorney Karen Heggen says just completed lab tests show Leonardi had three drugs in her system, including morphine.

"Which is the base chemical for heroin. [She also had] Fentanyl and the drug commonly known as Xanax," said Heggen.

Both people in the pickup were injured and Leonardi was too. She used a walker Thursday afternoon as she was arraigned on 13 counts, including vehicular manslaughter.

When NewsChannel 13 asked Leonardi if she was sorry for what happened, she said, "I was trying to get him help," before she was abruptly cut off by a man dressed in a Batman shirt who shouted profanities at a reporter.

Leonardi told police she was driving Stevens to Saratoga Hospital to get help for back problems, but according to prosecutors she never should have been behind the wheel.

"She endangered her own self as well as that of her passenger, him ultimately dying as a result of this crash. And don't forget there were two other people who were injured," said Heggen.

Leonardi posted $25,000 dollars bond. If convicted of the top count, she could face a maximum of 2 and 1/3 to 7 years in prison.


Mark Mulholland

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