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Buffalo man, 23, sentenced in reckless driving case

A Buffalo man whose reckless driving caused a female passenger to suffer serious injuries was sentenced Thursday to an indeterminate sentence of two to four years in prison, the Erie County District Attorney's Office said.

Elijah Turley, 23, was operating a pickup and refused to stop when approached by Amherst Police early on Sept. 29, the District Attorney's Office said.

Turley went west on Kenmore Avenue at a rate of 99 mph in a 35 mph zone for more than three miles, according to police, who had been dispatched to the area to investigate reports of racing on Niagara Falls Boulevard, the District Attorney's Office said.

Turley lost control of the pickup and struck two houses on Kenmore Avenue, causing significant damage, the District Attorney's Office said. His female passenger was ejected, the District Attorney's Office said.

Turley pleaded guilty to first-degree reckless endangerment in February, the District Attorney's Office said.

State Court Justice Christopher J. Burns Thursday issued a restitution order for State Farms Insurance for $67,625, the District Attorney's Office said.

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