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Saratoga Springs woman pleads not guilty to negligent homicide charge



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A woman charged with negligent homicide for allowing her 15-year-old son to drive, which lead to a fatal accident, has pleaded not guilty.

Regina Tausinga faces charges of negligent homicide from the accident in Saratoga Springs.

Back in August, prosecutors say that Tausinga allowed her 15-year-old son to drive in their neighborhood. The teen driver didn't see 4-year-old Cooper Mardesich and hit him. Mardesich later died.

"Our hearts go out to the family who lost their son. I think it's a tragedy when an accident like this happens. It's a sad situation, and the Mardesich family, the entire family, was here -- the big line of folks walking out of the courtroom. They've been very supportive, and I know the Tausinga family appreciates that," defense attorney Stephen Frazier said.

Frazier says Tausinga and her family have moved away from Saratoga Springs since the accident happened.

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