Driver Sentenced to Jail for Crash in West Seneca That Killed One Passenger and Injured Two Others

Modified: July 28, 2020 11:26am

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Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announces that 34-year-old Daniel W. Witczak of Orchard Park has been sentenced by State Supreme Court Justice John L. Michalski to 6 months in jail followed by 5 years of probation.

During the early morning hours of Sunday, September 15, 2019, the defendant was driving under the influence of alcohol when he crashed a vehicle on Southwestern Boulevard in the Town of West Seneca. Police who responded to the scene found the vehicle overturned approximately 100 feet from the roadway.

The defendant, his wife, and his brother were taken to ECMC with serious injuries. His brother’s girlfriend, 38-year-old Corrine Bennett, was pronounced dead at the scene. The defendant and the two surviving passengers continue to recover from their injuries.

Witczak pleaded guilty to one count of Vehicular Manslaughter in the Second Degree, a Class “D” non-violent felony. The defendant pleaded guilty to the highest sustainable charge on February 7, 2020.

In addition to his sentence, Judge Michalski ordered the defendant to perform 200 hours of community service. Also, the defendant’s driver’s license was revoked for one year.

DA Flynn commends the West Seneca Police Department Accident Investigation Unit for their work in the investigation.

The case was prosecuted by Chief Paul Glascott of the DA’s Vehicular Crimes Bureau.