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Manhattanville Student's Mom Sues Driver In Fatal Crash

Robby Schartner, a student at Manhattanville College, was killed by a drunken driver last year. Photo Credit: GoFundMe screenshot
Emma Fox Photo Credit: Contributed
Robby Schartner, a student at Manhattanville College, was killed by a drunken driver last year. Photo Credit: GoFundMe screenshot

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. - The mother of a 21-year-old Manhattanville College student who was killed in a drunk driving incident is reportedly suing the Rye woman who struck him and the bar that served her for hours. into the early hours of the morning.

According to a lohud report, Donna Juliette Ann Hall, the mother of Robby Schartner intends to sue Emma Fox and The Pub in Rye after she drank for hours and drove her 2012 Nissan Sentra on Oct. 9 last year, leading to the fatal crash near the intersection of Westchester Avenue and Anderson Hill in White Plains.

Schartner was a resident of Fishkill in Dutchess County, and previously lived in Garrison in Putnam County.

At the time of her arrest, Fox, a Rye High School graduate, had a blood alcohol content more than double the legal limit. She was arraigned on charges of vehicular manslaughter and aggravated DWI and remanded to the Westchester County Jail before being released on $100,000 bail. Her case is still pending in White Plains City Court.

The report states that in her 12-page complaint, Hall alleges that Fox was “visibility intoxicated,” and “unable to walk properly, had slurred speed, bloodshot eyes and openly and obviously smelled from consumption of alcohol.”

Fox is due back in court later this year.

Following his death, Manhattanville College President Michael Geisler notified the students of Schartner's death in a statement.

“In his three years as a men's lacrosse player, Robert earned his spot on the team the hard way. It was not easy for him, but the sacrifices he made inspired the team and epitomized what it means to be a scholar-athlete at Manhattanville," the statement said.

"The level of Robert's commitment to his team could never come into question; whatever he was asked to do, he did with a smile on his face. That was his understanding of what it means to be a true teammate. He loved the sport of lacrosse, he loved his teammates and he loved being a Manhattanville lacrosse player. … We are all in shock and we extend our prayers and condolences to his family members and friends."

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