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FATAL CRASH MAY BRING MANSLAUGHTER CHARGE

A Barnard Avenue man may face vehicular manslaughter charges in Wednesday afternoon's death of a female passenger in a crash on a Kensington Expressway ramp, Erie County District Attorney Frank J. Clark said Thursday.

Michael J. McHenry, 43, was charged with driving while intoxicated after he crashed his van at about 1 p.m. traveling west on Route 198 at the Delavan Avenue curve entering the Kensington Expressway. His vehicle struck a concrete median and fence.

Heather Fowler, 31, of Norwalk Avenue, was partially ejected from the van and was killed after her body hit a utility pole.

Clark said his office is awaiting blood alcohol test results.

Police say McHenry was driving with a restricted license and was heading home from a court appearance on unrelated traffic charges. He was convicted in 1998 of DWI in Monroe County.

Tuesday night, McHenry was taken into custody by Kenmore police on reckless driving and numerous other traffic violations after he allegedly nearly struck a pedestrian on Hoover Avenue, according to Kenmore Police Chief Samuel A. Camilleri.

Besides reckless driving, McHenry was also charged with driving with switched license plates, an unregistered vehicle, no inspection and without proof of insurance.

He was released on bail about four hours later.