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Driver faces maximum 4 years in prison after guilty plea

A Buffalo man involved in a hit-and-run accident that left another driver seriously injured pleaded guilty Wednesday to one count of leaving the scene of an accident without reporting and one count of reckless driving, according to the Erie County District Attorney's Office.

On May 15, Carlton Tompkins, 31, was observed by witnesses weaving in and out of traffic without signaling while speeding on the Kensington Expressway in Cheektowaga, the District Attorney's Office said.

Prosecutors said Tompkins veered from the left lane into the center lane of traffic and his vehicle collided with another vehicle driven by a 57-year-old man. The crash caused the other driver to lose control and the vehicle flipped over.

The victim suffered serious physical injuries, including fractured facial bones and a broken femur, the District Attorney's Office said.

Tompkins did not stop, so another motorist followed Tompkins to his residence on Westminster Avenue and contacted authorities, prosecutors said. When police confronted Tompkins about the crash he admitted he knew he had hit the victim’s car, but drove off, he said, because he was scared, prosecutors said.

Tompkins faces a maximum of 4 years in prison when sentenced Aug. 6.

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