Homicide Charges Filed In Fatal Crash Near Randolph

(Randolph) Formal charges were filed Tuesday in Columbia County court against a Mississippi man in connection with a fatal accident in the Town of Randolph last August. 40-year-old Patrick Craft is charged with Homicide By Negligent Use of a Vehicle. Christine Novak of Lake Geneva died from her injuries sustained in a semi-versus-van accident. The 40-year-old Novak was driving a van pulling a camper that was northbound on Highway 73. She was struck by a truck operated by Craft that was eastbound on County Highway E that had failed to stop at the stop sign. There were seven children in the van; one sustained serious injuries while three had minor injuries. Both Craft and Novak were trapped inside their vehicles and the jaws of life were needed to remove them.