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Derby many sent to prison for crash that injured two

A Derby man was sentenced Wednesday to two to six years in prison for a drunken-driving crash that seriously injured the other driver and his passenger.

Erie County Judge Michael L. D’Amico ordered the prison term for Raymond Barrett, 48, of Belle Heights Road, who had pleaded guilty as charged Nov. 12 to aggravated vehicular assault.

Barrett admitted that he had a blood-alcohol level of 0.13 percent when his SUV crossed the double yellow line on Lakeshore Road in the Hamburg about 1:30 a.m. Dec. 13. 2013, and struck a smaller vehicle head on.

The other driver, Neal Wansor, 21, lost his spleen. His passenger, Jessica Borowski, 19, suffered a serious injury to her shoulder, which required surgery. Barrett had an ankle injury.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorneys Lauren Nash and Kelley Omel, chief of the District Attorney’s Vehicular Crimes Bureau.