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Buffalo woman with vehicular manslaughter conviction charged with felony DWI

A Buffalo woman convicted of vehicular manslaughter in 1998 in Genesee County has been charged with two counts of felony DWI and two counts of leaving the scene of an accident on New Year’s Day.

Audra Sandy, 40, of Sage Avenue, was arraigned on the charges last week by State Supreme Court Justice Penny M. Wolfgang, according to Erie County District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III.

Assistant District Attorney Christopher H. Gresham said Sandy was driving drunk about 10 a.m. Jan. 1 when she hit a vehicle parked in the driveway of a West Seneca home and drove away into Buffalo.

Her vehicle then jumped a curb and struck another vehicle in a laundromat parking lot. In backing out of the lot, she ran into a pylon and then continued driving on Seneca Street. She then hit a street sign and pulled into a store parking lot where she was blocked by another motorist who had been following her and called police.

She got out of her vehicle and was arrested as she walked toward a nearby tavern. She had a blood alcohol level of 0.10 percent, more than the legal limit of 0.08 percent.

She faces a maximum prison sentence of 16 months to four years if convicted.

In the Genesee County case, Sandy was sentenced to six months in jail and five years’ probation after she crashed into the back corner of a house in the Town of Alabama while driving drunk. Her passenger later died of injuries he suffered in the crash. She also was convicted of DWI in 2006.

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