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Falls man takes DWI plea OKd by “magnanimous” crash victim

LOCKPORT – A Niagara Falls man who was drunk when his car smashed into a motorcycle Aug. 7 was allowed to plead guilty to a misdemeanor Wednesday in a plea offer approved by the victim, who underwent hip replacement surgery Tuesday because of injuries from the collision.

Vincent D. Ciraolo, 46, of 76th Street, admitted to a misdemeanor driving while intoxicated count after being indicted on felonies including second-degree assault and vehicular assault against motorcyclist Beth Wallace.

“She said she’s willing to forgive Mr. Ciraolo, given that’s it’s his first offense. Pretty magnanimous, I’d say,” Deputy District Attorney Theodore A. Brenner told State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr., who set sentencing for April 29.

Ciraolo’s blood alcohol content was measured at 0.16 percent after the crash at 76th Street and Buffalo Avenue in the Falls. He faces no more than a year in jail, although Kloch said he’d probably place Ciraolo on probation for three years.