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Cattaraugus County man charged with manslaughter in crash

LITTLE VALLEY - A Cattaraugus County man was charged with manslaughter Tuesday following an investigation into a Jan. 26 collision that killed his mother.

Andrew J. Armbruster, 30, of East Otto, was under the influence of a narcotic, driving at a high rate of speed in slippery conditions, and distracted by his cellphone when his car failed to stop at a stop sign at 1:45 p.m. and collided with a tractor-trailer at Bowen and East Otto-Springville roads, the Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Office alleged.

Grace E. Armbruster, 52, of East Otto, who was a passenger in her son's car, died in the crash, the Sheriff's Office said.

Andrew Armbruster also was charged with reckless driving and failure to stop at a stop sign, according to the Sheriff's Office. He was released from custody after being arraigned before County Judge Ronald D. Ploetz.

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