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Driver pleads guilty in fatal drunk-driving S-curves crash

The driver who rolled his car on the Delaware Avenue S-curves in a crash this summer admitted to two felonies Monday morning in connection with the death of one of his passengers and injuries sustained by another.

Dennis Xenos, 24, of Amherst pleaded guilty in Erie County Court to second-degree vehicular manslaughter in the death of Christopher Rizzo, 24, of the Town of Tonawanda. Xenos admitted to Judge Thomas P. Franczyk that he was drunk when he crashed his 2008 Infiniti into a lightpole and a tree at about 3:30 a.m. on July 8.

Xenos also pleaded guilty to second-degree vehicular assault for causing injuries to a second passenger, Veronica Hager, 21, of Buffalo, in the same incident. A third person in the car was not seriously injured.

Franczyk allowed Xenos to remain free on $35,000 bail until he is sentenced March 3. The convictions carry sentencing options ranging from probation up to an indeterminate sentence of 2 1/3 to 7 years in prison.

Assistant District Attorney Christopher M. McCarthy is prosecuting the case.

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