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Preceding the accident, Easley and McClain had been confronted by a store employee before running from the store,
"One of the loss prevention officers at Save A Lot saw them shoplifting and he kind of chased the two girls out of the Save A Lot," Flynn said.
Flynn said it was Easley's conduct after the shoplifting incident that motivated him to charge her with second-degree manslaughter.
"It's the recklessness in her conduct by driving at a high rate of speed down
The first collision had happened when Easley was backing out of a parking space, according to prosecutors, and caused the passenger side door of Easley's Honda Accord to be "jammed open" from the impact, according to a felony complaint filed in Cheektowaga Town Court.
McClain had been unable to close the car door after the first crash, according to the court documents.
"I believe she had to know that the passenger door was broken and the door was off to a certain degree, yet she continued to travel at a high rate of speed and go through a red light with, at a minimum, a broken passenger door knowing that her friend was next to that broken passenger door," Flynn said.
Easley, 23, had been driving north on Rossler, in a 30 mph zone, at speeds in excess of 60 mph, according to court papers and the narrative offered by Flynn at his news conference Friday.
She also was charged with petit larceny, reckless driving, imprudent speed, passing a red light, not wearing a seat belt, leaving the scene of a property damage accident, backing unsafely and driving without insurance.
Easley pleaded not guilty at her arraignment Friday morning in Cheektowaga Town Court. Easley was released on her own recognizance and is due back in court
Flynn said a petit larceny charge on its own likely would have led to the charge being handled with an adjournment in contemplation of dismissal, meaning it would have been dropped if she stayed out of trouble.
"The fact of the matter is, at the end of the day, these two poor girls -- one who is dead now -- probably would have gotten a slap on the wrist," he said.
Easley and McClain went to high school together and were best friends, according to Easley's defense attorney,
Kulpit said neither drugs nor alcohol were factors in the crash.
Kulpit told Town Justice
Easley spent a couple of weeks in the hospital, underwent pelvic surgery and has no mobility in her left leg. She also spent almost two weeks in a rehabilitation center and may not fully recover from her own injuries, her attorney said.
"She is the opposite of a flight risk," the attorney told the judge.
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