Driver Receives Prison Sentence for 2017 Hit-and-Run Crash That Injured Another Driver

Modified: March 22, 2021 4:17pm

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Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announces that 43-year-old Larry Jones of Buffalo was sentenced this morning by State Supreme Court Justice M. William Boller to a determinate sentence of 3 years in prison followed by 5 years of post-release supervision.

On June 26, 2017, at approximately 4:26 a.m., the defendant was driving a vehicle at a high-rate of speed on Masten Avenue in the City of Buffalo when he caused a crash at the intersection of East Utica Street with another vehicle. The collision caused the victim’s vehicle to crash into a tree. The defendant’s vehicle hit a garage and parked car. The defendant abandoned his vehicle and ran from the scene. 

The victim spent several months at Buffalo General Medical Center where he underwent surgeries and physical therapy. He continues to recover from his injuries.

Jones pleaded guilty to one count of Assault in the Second Degree (Class “D” violent felony). The defendant pleaded guilty to the highest count in the indictment against him on January 27, 2020.

DA Flynn commends Officers David Rodriguez and Patrick McDonald as well as Lt. John Pietrzak of the Buffalo Police Department for their work in the investigation.  

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Christopher M. McCarthy of the DA’s Vehicular Crimes Bureau.