Around 1 a.m. on Sunday morning, following a concert at nearby Darien Lake, a marked Genesee County Sheriff's Department vehicle was nearly hit by a car on Alleghany Road in Darien. Deputies subsequently charged the woman driving the car with driving while intoxicated.
What they didn't know was that a young man from Utica walking along a different road about 30 minutes earlier had been hit by a car and apparently lay dying in a ditch. And the police believe the same woman who almost hit their car had hit him and left the scene.
Jennifer L. Serrano, 48, of Irving, was charged Sunday with vehicular manslaughter and leaving the scene of a personal injury accident, both felonies, sheriff's officials said. Those charges were in addition to the initial DWI charge.
The chain of events started following the Jason Aldean concert at Darien Lake. Connor Lynskey, 18, of Hinckley, was walking along Sumner Road in Darien with a group of friends about 12:30 a.m. and apparently ran ahead of the group to catch up with another friend. All were staying at Darien Lake State Park.
When the friends got to the campsite, they realized Lynskey was missing and alerted State Park Police. Law enforcement agencies searched for the missing teenager through the night.
In the morning, Lynskey's friends told State Park Police that they remembered hearing a "possible crash sound" while they were walking and that they found a piece of debris from a vehicle in the road. Soon after, a deputy found Lynskey’s body at about 11:50 a.m. Saturday in a ditch off Sumner Road near a cornfield. Investigators determined a vehicle eastbound on Sumner struck the teen and left the scene.
Investigators used the debris to determine what kind of vehicle it came from and disseminated that information to the media. Someone then called authorities with information that led them to Serrano.
Investigators located Serrano and her vehicle Sunday morning in Amherst, the Sheriff's Office reported.
Serrano was ordered held in the county jail on $100,000 cash bail or $200,000 bond.