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Driver charged with vehicular manslaughter in July death of surveyor

A Delavan man was charged Tuesday with second-degree vehicular manslaughter in connection with the July death of a 22-year-old South Wales surveyor, according to the Erie County Sheriff's Office.

Samuel Pagano, a surveyor who was on the job on July 6 on Route 39 near Savage Road in Sardinia, was allegedly struck at about 4 p.m. by a car driven by Robert Sutherland, 22, according to the sheriff's office.

Sutherland, who was reportedly driving east on Route 39, allegedly swerved and struck Pagano on the west shoulder of the road, according to the sheriff's office.

Pagano was pronounced dead at the scene.

Sutherland crashed his car nearby, and he was treated for a leg injury, according to the sheriff's office.

Sutherland was arrested early Tuesday and pleaded not guilty to the charge in Sardinia Town Court on Tuesday evening. He was remanded to the Erie County Holding Center in lieu of $20,000 bail, Scott Zylka, a spokesman for the Erie County Sheriff's Office, told The Buffalo News.

Sutherland was arrested by Sheriff Timothy Howard's Crash Investigation Unit.


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