Man gets 8 1/3 to 25 years for fatal Colonie DWI crash at 156 mph

Man gets 8 1/3 to 25 years for fatal Colonie DWI crash at 156 mph

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A New Jersey man was sentenced to 8 1/3 to 25 years in prison on Friday for drunken driving, speeding at 156 mph and using Snapchat on his phone when he caused a fatal crash in 2022.

Vasu Laroiya pleaded guilty in Albany County Court in November to aggravated vehicular homicide. Laroiya had a blood alcohol concentration of 0.12%. He was driving at speeds of 156 mph, when he crashed his Tesla into Katryn “Katie” Fisher’s Honda Civic on the Northway in Colonie on May 28, 2022, according to investigators.

Fisher, 22, had just finished her junior year at UAlbany.

Nine people gave powerful impact statements including Katie’s mother Adrianne Rickson.

“There are no words that express the extreme pain and suffering you single-handedly spread throughout our families by killing our daughter, sister, granddaughter etc. All of your actions have been remorseless, pompous and selfish, and you should be ashamed of yourself,” she said.

Rickson went on to call him a “monster.”

“I would do anything, anything to trade your life for hers. You don’t deserve to be here. I hope the parole system keeps you behind bars forever,” she said.  

In sentencing Laroiya, Judge William Little said he really didn’t even want to see him because he was “arrogant,” “selfish” and “entitled.”

Little said Laroiya had the audacity to complain that he couldn’t spend Christmas with his family, when the Fisher family was spending their Christmas with Katie at her grave.