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Buffalo man pleads guilty to vehicular manslaughter

A Buffalo man has pleaded guilty to vehicular manslaughter in a drunken-driving, high-speed crash near the downtown entrance to the Kensington Expressway that killed one of his passengers.

Wallace Hedgepeth, 20, of Hamlin Road, admitted guilt in the June 23 death of Jireh Williams, 21, according to Erie County District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III.

Williams was thrown from the back seat when Hedgepeth lost control of the vehicle while driving 102 mph on the Elm Street ramp to the Kensington Expressway.

The vehicle hit a curb, went airborne and crashed into a guardrail on the Tupper Street ramp to the Kensington. It then struck a tree on the other side of Tupper, ejecting Williams.

Hedgepeth had a blood-alcohol content of 0.14 percent, well above the legal limit of 0.08. He also pleaded guilty to vehicular assault and driving while intoxicated. He faces up to seven years in prison when he is sentenced Jan. 15 by Erie County Judge Kenneth F. Case.

Assistant District Attorney Kelley A. Omel, chief of the DA’s Vehicular Crimes Bureau, prosecuted the case.

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