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Canadian truck driver pleads guilty in Lancaster fatal hit-run

Sebastien Y. Lavertu pleaded guilty in the hit and run that killed Ryan Johns of Depew on June 21.

A Canadian truck driver pleaded guilty in State Supreme Court Wednesday to a hit-and-run that killed a Depew man in June.

Sebastien Y. Lavertu, 32, of Danville, Quebec admitted before Justice John L. Michalski that he struck Ryan Johns, 28, with his truck when Johns was walking west along Broadway near Pavement Road a few minutes before midnight on June 21. Images of Lavertu's rig were captured by several surveillance cameras near the scene.

Lavertu pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of an incident without reporting, resulting in death, a Class D felony. Although the maximum possible punishment for the crime is 2 1/3 to 7 years in prison, as part of the plea agreement the judge allowed Lavertu to retain the right to withdraw his plea if he is sentenced to more than one year in jail when he returns to court Oct. 18.

Lavertu was arrested June 25 when officials spotted his damaged truck crossing the border from Quebec border into New York State at Lake Champlain.


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