Drunk Driver Sentenced For New Year's Day Crash

Modified: December 6, 2017 4:02pm

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Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announces that 31-year-old Abdikadir Jaffar of Utica has been sentenced by Erie County Court Judge Kenneth F. Case to 3 1/3-10 years in prison for a DWI crash that injured four people. 

In September, the defendant pleaded guilty to Aggravated Vehicular Assault, the highest charge in the indictment. 

On January 1, 2017 at approximately 1:11 a.m., while having a BAC of .22%, almost three times the legal limit, the defendant was driving recklessly on Richmond Avenue in Buffalo, striking a car being driven by Anthony Hill, causing Hill's passenger, 20-year-old Anabellin Cruz of Buffalo to suffer a concussion. 

The defendant is accused of continuing over the curb, striking a pole, snapping it off and then driving onto the sidewalk, striking multiple pedestrians, including:  16-year-old Nathan Kahn of Buffalo who lost his left leg above the knee, 15-year-old Benjamin Weigel of Orchard Park who suffered a concussion, herniated discs and other back issues and 62-year-old Christopher Sheppard who suffered a broken pelvis and two broken legs. 

DA Flynn commends the outstanding investigative work of Buffalo Police Department AIU Lt. Thomas Leatherbarrow, Officer Robert Heidinger and Officer Marie Schreckenberger and Amherst Police Officer Robert McMahon. 

Chief Kelley Omel and Assistant District Attorney Christopher M. McCarthy of the DA’s Vehicular Crimes Bureau prosecuted the case.