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MAN CHARGED IN FATAL CRASH BARRED FROM DRIVING

A judge Monday changed his mind about letting manslaughter suspect Andrew M. Jarnot drive conditionally while his case is pending in a crash that killed a Williamsville man June 8.

At the request of prosecutors, Erie County Judge Timothy J. Drury reviewed grand jury minutes in the investigation of the June 8 death of Matthew DeRose and the state's laws governing fatal crashes.

Thursday, Drury granted permission to Jarnot, 21, a Canisius College junior, to drive from his Elma home to school and back three days a week. However, on Monday, he said he "must suspend" his driving privileges entirely because the case involved a death and impaired driving.

"Somebody's got to drive you to Canisius College and pick you up," the judge told Jarnot.

Mario Albert Giacobbe, head of the district attorney's DWI Bureau, said his review of state laws convinced him that he should urge the judge to reconsider last week's ruling.

Jarnot was indicted on charges of reckless manslaughter, drug- and alcohol-related manslaughter and other charges in the head-on crash on Main Street just east of Youngs Road, Amherst, at about 4 a.m. June 8. He pleaded innocent to all charges. DeRose, 21, died of severe head injuries five days later.

Giacobbe had objected Thursday to Drury's decision to let Jarnot continue to drive to school. Jarnot remained free Monday on the $5,000 bail Drury set last week.

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