Erie County District Attorney Frank A. Sedita, III announced that 36 year old Jennifer Garno of Davey Street, Buffalo, pleaded guilty before Supreme Court Justice Christopher Burns to Leaving the Scene of a Serous Physical Injury Accident and Driving While Ability Impaired by a Combined Influence of Drugs and Alcohol. These are the highest charges for which Garno could have been convicted had she gone to trial.
Garno admitted that on June 5, 2012, while on the West Utica in Buffalo, she drove her pickup truck through a red light into the path of travel of 51 year old Jeffrey Stanton who was riding his motorcycle. As a result of the collision, Stanton was ejected from his motorcycle and suffered serious physical injuries, including a broken leg and head injury. He spent over two months in ECMC before being released and will require further treatment and rehabilitation. Immediately following the collision, Garno jumped from the pickup truck and ran from the scene on foot, climbed a fence on west Utica and then ran south on Delaware Avenue to Hodge. She was followed by civilian witnesses and was apprehended by Buffalo Police. A laboratory analysis of Garno’s blood confirmed the presence of morphine, cocaine, marijuana and alcohol.
Special credit is given to Police Officer David Rodriguez of Buffalo Police AIU. The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Christopher M. McCarthy.
Garno faces a maximum prison sentence of 1-1/3 to 4 years when she is sentenced on February 27, 2013 before the Hon. Christopher Burns.