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Kenmore man admits driving drunk in fatal South Buffalo collision

Kenmore man admits driving drunk in fatal South Buffalo collision

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A Kenmore man who drove a pickup truck that collided with a car on Seneca Street, killing a 57-year-old West Seneca man, had a blood alcohol level of 0.14%, nearly double the legal limit of 0.08%, according to the District Attorney's Office.

Jason P. Washington, 42, pleaded guilty Friday in Erie County Court to second-degree manslaughter in connection with the February crash in South Buffalo.

Washington admitted he was driving his pickup under the influence of alcohol at about 1:15 a.m. Feb. 28 on Seneca Street, according to the District Attorney's Office.

Washington was driving south on Seneca near Archer Avenue, just east of Bailey Avenue, when he crossed the double-yellow line and collided head-on with a northbound Buick Regal, prosecutors said.

At the time of the crash, Buffalo police said Washington's Chevrolet Silverado was apparently speeding and rolled over several times after the impact.

The collision killed Thomas Shoemaker, who was pronounced dead at the scene. Washington and a 44-year-old female passenger in his vehicle were injured and taken to Erie County Medical Center. Washington was listed in serious condition after the collision.

Washington, who is out on bail, is scheduled to be sentenced on Feb. 16 by Erie County Court Judge Kenneth Case. He faces a maximum of 15 years in prison.

Washington was arraigned on the manslaughter charge and a second-degree vehicular manslaughter charge in Buffalo City Court in May. At that court appearance, bail was set at $20,000.

February's crash scene is about a half-mile away from another fatal collision on Seneca Street, near Pomona Place, that happened at 2:37 a.m. Oct. 27, 2019.

Last month, Antonio D. Brown, 36, was sentenced to three to nine years in state prison for the collision that killed Kristin N. LaBruno, 32, and Anthony J. Twentyfive III, 33.

Brown's 2008 Maserati was going 64 mph when it struck a Toyota sedan with such force that threw LaBruno was thrown 195 feet from the point of impact, according to prosecutors.

Investigators determined Brown's blood alcohol level at the time of the crash was 0.18%, more than double the legal limit of 0.08%.

Brown pleaded guilty in July to aggravated vehicular homicide, first-degree vehicular manslaughter and two counts of second-degree manslaughter.

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