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Cheektowaga man who struck and killed teen bicyclist pleads guilty

A Cheektowaga man who was behind the wheel of a vehicle that struck and killed an 18-year-old bicyclist on Aug. 11 pleaded guilty Thursday before State Supreme Court Justice John L. Michalski, the Erie County District Attorney's Office announced.

Paul Hintermeier, 37, pleaded guilty to second-degree vehicular manslaughter and leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death.

Hintermeier was driving on Richard Drive in Cheektowaga when he ran a stop sign, turned left onto Shanley, then struck Damian Garra, 18, who later died of his injuries. Police found Hintermeier at his home a short time after he struck the man. He was initially charged with vehicular assault, leaving the scene of an injury accident, DWI, aggravated unlicensed operation, using unsafe speed, failure to stop at a stop sign, failure to keep right, having an open alcohol container and refusing a breath screening test.

Hintermeier's blood alcohol content level was .16 percent, twice the legal limit, DA John Flynn said Thursday.

Hintermeier, who faces up to 11 years in prison, is slated to be sentenced on March 6.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant DA Patrick B. Shanahan. Flynn commended the investigative work of  Cheektowaga Police Officer Eric Jakubowicz and Lt. Steven Berecz.



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