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Driver pleads guilty in Bailey Avenue hit and run that killed 60-year-old

A man who struck and killed a 60-year-old Buffalo man on Bailey Avenue this spring – a crime captured on video – pleaded guilty on Thursday to hit-and-run charges in Erie County Court.

Wade J. Sanders, 54, pleaded guilty as charged to leaving the scene of an incident resulting in death. Sanders was driving a white Lincoln MKX on Bailey Avenue on May 26 when the vehicle hit Arthur Redrick, who was walking home from a store. Images from a security camera near the scene show Redrick leaving a corner store at Bailey and Lang, crossing the street and, while in the middle of the street, apparently spotting the SUV speeding toward him. He tried but could not run out of the vehicle's path. The impact occurred off camera.

Members of Redrick's family made public appeals for the driver to come forward and made their own inquiries into the matter before Sanders finally turned himself into police in August. At the time of his arrest, police said Sanders claimed that he panicked after the impact and fled because the SUV was not his and he did not have a valid driver's license.

Judge Kenneth F. Case agreed to cap sentencing at 2 to 6 years in prison; the maximum possible sentence for the felony would have been 2 1/3 to 7 years.

Sanders has been jailed since his arrest and the judge ordered that he remain in custody without bail until sentencing, which is scheduled for Nov. 22.

The case was investigated by Buffalo Police Officers Keith LaFalce, John Petricca and Marie Schreckenberger, and is being prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Christopher M. McCarthy of the DA’s Vehicular Crimes Bureau.

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