Getzville Doctor Acquires More Charges in Hit-and-Run That Killed Teen
September 30th, 2011|
September 30, 2011
A Getzville, New York, doctor who was charged with manslaughter for texting while driving drunk and speeding before killing a teenager in July 2010, has now received additional charges from an Erie County grand jury.
The Buffalo News reports that the 56-year-old doctor is also being charged with evidence tampering after allegedly removing the victim’s blood and body tissue from his BMW. In addition, the man reportedly deleted text messages from his cell phone.
The fatal accident occurred two summers ago when the 18-year-old female victim was headed home from her job at a pizzeria. Riding along Heim Road on her longboard—which is larger than a normal skateboard—she was killed in a hit-and-run collision around 11:20 p.m.
“The revelations are absolutely stunning,” the attorney representing the victim’s estate told the jury this week. “He was speeding. He was in the bike lane. He was texting. He was drinking and driving. Short of driving with his eyes closed, I don’t know what more he could have done in terms of being reckless.”
Following the collision, the driver refused to submit a blood sample, though law enforcement officials got a court order to take one five hours later. Prosecutors now estimate that his blood alcohol content would have been between 0.14 percent and 0.21 percent at the time of the accident.