Young man sent to prison for driving drunk and killing friend

NORWICH – There was barely a dry eye in the courtroom at the Monday sentencing of a young Greene man convicted of killing his best friend in a one-vehicle fatal car crash last spring.

On Oct. 6, Bradley Goodrich, 23, Greene, pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the second degree – a class C felony – and driving while intoxicated, a class E felony.

It was alleged that on March 7, at approximately 2 a.m., Goodrich was driving a 2000 Chevrolet Cavalier on Hogsback Road near County Road 32 in Greene when he veered off the road, striking a utility pole. Goodrich was intoxicated with a blood alcohol concentration of more than .08 of one percent of alcohol.

The passenger of the vehicle, Brandon Archer, 23, was killed upon impact. He suffered traumatic internal injuries and was pronounced dead on the scene.

Goodrich was airlifted to UHS Wilson Memorial Hospital in Johnson City for treatment of his internal injuries, from which he fully recovered.

Brandon Archer's friends and family attended Goodrich's sentencing Monday. The victim's mother, Laurie Elmore, and sister, Nicole Archer, read statements before Goodrich was sentenced.

Elmore said she was going about her normal routine on March 7 when she heard her son may have been in an accident with his best friend. She called hospitals and authorities to find out where her son was and if he was okay.

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