WALTON _ A Middleburgh lawyer has been named the special prosecutor to handle possible charges resulting from a fatal accident in Walton on Nov. 29.

Michael Breen said Monday that he has not yet received any information about the case but was expecting a call from the Delaware County Sheriff’s Department.

“I understand there was blood work done and the results of that have not been returned,” Breen said. “That will be pivotal in deciding how the case will be handled.” Alcohol and speed were factors in the crash that killed Frank Ruiz, 28, of Walton, who was declared dead at the scene, deputies said.

The driver, Katherine Covell, 22, of Walton, was driving a red 2003 Pontiac Grand Am that was registered to her mother, Mary Covell, of 37 Maple St., in Walton.

Eduardo Torres, 21, of Walton, a passenger in the back seat, was taken to Delaware Valley Hospital, where he was treated for unspecified injuries and released, deputies said. Ruiz and Torres were brothers, Ruiz’s stepfather said previously.

Delaware County Undersheriff Doug Vredenburgh said the investigation of the accident is complete, but officials are awaiting details from the accident reconstruction report and blood-alcohol results.

Delaware County District Attorney Richard Northrup said he requested that a special prosecutor be assigned.

An autopsy completed at Lourdes Hospital in Binghamton revealed that Ruiz died of extensive injuries, including a broken neck and back, Vredenburgh said previously. Ruiz was wearing a seat belt.

According to a news release from the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to the accident on state Route 10 at about 3 a.m. Nov. 29.

Covell appeared to have lost control of the vehicle, which struck the guardrail, spun around and hit several large trees before coming to rest over the guardrail against a tree on the east shoulder of the road, above the river, deputies said. The engine compartment caught fire.

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