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SENTENCING OF RICKARD IN FATALITY SET OCT. 27

Sentencing will be Oct. 27 for a Town of Lewiston man, accused of ramming a pickup truck with his car last Halloween and causing the death of an 8-year-old girl who fell from the truck.

David P. Rickard, 31, of Upper Mountain Road, pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter late Tuesday before Niagara County Judge Amy J. Fricano.

Investigators said Rickard was chasing the truck on Blacknose Spring Road on the Tuscarora Indian Reservation, apparently continuing a domestic fight with his wife, Ida, a
passenger in the pickup truck.

The young victim, Raquel Jacobs, of Walmore Road, was riding in the back of the truck and one of the blows knocked her through the open tailgate. She died instantly after either striking the pavement or being run over by Rickard's vehicle, police said.

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