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Man, 18, pleads guilty to charges of DWI, vehicular assault

An 18-year-old Town of Tonawanda resident pleaded guilty Friday to charges he was drunk when he ran a red light and slammed into a car on Nov. 28 in Amherst, seriously injuring another man.

In a pre-indictment plea, Adam Migliore, of Calvin Court North, told State Supreme Court Justice Christopher J. Burns that a waiter and bartender who served him drinks at the Buffalo Chop House before the crash never asked him for proof of age.

Migliore pleaded guilty to felony vehicular assault, driving while intoxicated and underaged drinking.

Joseph Kurek, 69, also of the Town of Tonawanda, was seriously injured in the crash, which occurred at 11:30 p.m. at Maple and North Forest roads.

Kelly A. Omel, chief of the Erie County district attorney's Vehicular Crimes Unit, told the judge that Kurek, who has returned home, is still being treated for the hip, pelvis and rib fractures. Kurek also suffered a collapsed lung.

Burns refused to give Migliore a sentencing commitment, warning him he could face up to four years in prison. Allowed to remain free on $100,000 bail bond, he will be sentenced June 17.

A state and local investigation into underage drinking at the Buffalo Chop House also is under way. Omel and Erie County District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III declined to discuss the probe.

Amherst police said they arrested Migliore about 45 minutes after the two-car crash as he jumped into bushes on Troy Del Way, near the crash scene.

e-mail: mgryta@buffnews.com

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