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Allegany County man faces DWI, manslaughter charges

An Allegany County man charged with drunken driving early Monday now faces manslaughter charges following the death of the pedestrian his vehicle allegedly struck.

Todd V. Gardner, 43 of Scio, faces second-degree manslaughter and DWI charges, according to State Police.

Troopers responded at 12:29 a.m. to reports of a pedestrian struck by a vehicle on County Route 18. Gardner had been traveling north in a 1991 Chevrolet Camaro and allegedly struck Douglas R. Brauen, 37, of Wellsville. Though Brauen had been injured, he was alert and responsive, authorities said.

After failing sobriety tests, Gardner was arrested and transported to the Amity barracks where he registered a .11 percent blood alcohol content.

While Brauen was being treated for possible leg fractures at Jones Memorial Hospital, he went into cardiac arrest and died.

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