Student charged in fatal Yale crash appears in court

May 8, 2012 5:37:11 AM PDT
The 21-year-old driver of a U-Haul truck that struck and killed a woman in a tailgating area at the Yale-Harvard football game in 2011 has made his first court appearance on charges of negligent homicide with a motor vehicle and reckless driving.

Brendan D. Ross of O'Fallon, Mo., appeared Monday in New Haven Superior Court. He did not enter a plea, and the case was continued until June 12.

Police say Ross was driving the rented truck carrying beer kegs through the tailgating area before the football game when witnesses saw the vehicle turn a corner and speed up, striking three women. Thirty-year-old Nancy Barry of Salem, Mass., was killed.

Ross' attorney, William Dow, says the crash stemmed from an apparent vehicle malfunction. The New Haven Register reports a police inspection of the truck showed no defect.

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