TICONDEROGA - A candlelight vigil will be held in Ticonderoga to mark the first anniversary of an accident that shocked the community.
The vigil, organized by Sheri Osier, will be held Tuesday, April 21, at 7 p.m. in Bicentennial Park.
Osier said the vigil is designed to honor the memory of Shannon James, who died in a crash along with Michaella "Mika" Lopes, and to highlight the dangers of driving while intoxicated.
Essex County District Attorney Julie Garcia and Ticonderoga Supervisor Bob Dedrick will participate, Osier said.
For more information contact Osier at 585-6056. All are welcome to attend.
Dustin St. Andrews, 16, of Putnam was driving a car in April 2008 that crashed in Putnam, killing James of Ticonderoga and Lopes of Enosburg, Vt. Two other passengers were injured.
St. Andrews pleaded guilty to first-degree vehicular manslaughter, a felony, after Washington County prosecutors agreed to drop murder charges against him.
St. Andrews agreed to a plea bargain in Washington County Court last October that sent him to state prison for 2 1/2 to 7 1/2 years.
St. Andrews was to stand trial on a 23-count indictment that charged him with two counts of second-degree murder and a host of lesser charges in the April 21 deaths.
The girls were passengers in a Cadillac sedan St. Andrews was driving at nearly 130 mph on Route 22 in Putnam when the vehicle careened off the highway. Both girls were thrown from the vehicle. Lopes was pronounced dead at the scene, while James died the next day.
St. Andrews and two young men survived with minor injuries.
In court, St. Andrews admitted he had been drinking beer and smoking marijuana before the crash. A blood-alcohol test after the crash found his blood-alcohol content to be 0.12 percent. The state's threshold for intoxication is 0.08 percent.
He admitted he stole the car he crashed from his uncle's home.
Washington County District Attorney Kevin Kortright said he opted to drop the murder counts in light of concerns over whether his office could prove St. Andrews acted with "depraved indifference toward human life" before the crash.
Kortright also said he didn't want the victims' families to have to go through a trial.
The accident led to St. Andrews' parents being convicted of crimes this spring by a Washington County jury in Fort Edward.
Jimmy Joe St. Andrews and Kellie St. Andrews of Putnam were also found not guilty of other charges.
The jury found Jimmy Joe St. Andrews, 41, guilty of endangering the welfare of a child, but not guilty of two other endangering charges.
Kellie St. Andrews, 40, was found guilty of endangering the welfare of a child and unlawfully dealing with a child. She was found not guilty of three other counts of endangering the welfare of a child and three additional dealing with a child charges.
Kellie St. Andrews, 40, and her husband Jimmy Joe St. Andrews, 41, were sentenced to 60 days in jail and three years probation in Washington County Court April 3. They were also fined $1,000 each and must perform 100 hours of community service.
The St. Andrewses were on trial in connection with several under-age drinking parties at their Putnam home, the last of which came last April 20-21. The two 16-year-old girls died in a car crash after that party.