Two men charged in death of boys who fell over N.Y. waterfall
Dylan Giangregorio, 9, and his brother, Preston Giangregorio, 6, were killed while hiking next to an upstate New York waterfall in June.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Saturday, November 19, 2016, 10:15 PM
Grand jurors in upstate New York indicted a pair of Rochester men on manslaughter charges after two young brothers plunged 70 feet to their deaths over a waterfall.
Tyler Jennings, 34, and Chad Staley, 32, led five relatives, all children ages ranging from 5 to 12, into a restricted area of Letchworth State Park while hiking on June 11 and lost their footing while hunting for a better view of Lower Falls, authorities said.
A strong current swept all of the children over the falls.
Staley had been clinging to the cliff’s edge for nearly two hours when first responders found him.
Both men and three girls survived the drop with minor injuries but Dylan Giangregorio, 9, and his brother, Preston, 6, were killed. The youngest boy’s body was found the next afternoon but it took divers three more days to find Dylan.
“It is important to note that their deaths were 100% preventable,” Wyoming County District Attorney Donald O’Geen said in a statement Friday.
The hiking party was swept over the edge by a strong current in Letchworth State Park.
“It is a miracle that four other people did not die from going over the falls,” O’Green added.
It’s unclear how Jennings and Staley were related to the children.
Jennings and Staley face manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide charges in the indictment unsealed Thursday, according to the Wyoming County Free press. Both men have been released on their own recognizance.
At the time of the deaths, the victims’ uncle, Adam Giangregorio, described both boys as “amazing angels.”
With News Wire Services.