Judge Finds Defendant Guilty of Manslaughter for Killing Another Driver in Bailey Avenue Crash

Modified: June 7, 2022 2:27pm

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Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announces that Erie County Court Judge Susan Eagan has found 24-year-old Cameryon C. Nelson of Buffalo guilty of one count of Manslaughter in the Second Degree (Class “C” felony). The defendant was acquitted of all other charges in the indictment against him. Judge Eagan rendered her decision this morning following a two-day, non-jury trial in late May 2022.

On July 8, 2020, at approximately 9:40 p.m., the defendant was recklessly driving at a high-rate of speed northbound on Bailey Avenue when he crossed into the southbound lane near East Lovejoy Street and caused a head-on collision with a southbound vehicle.

The driver of the southbound vehicle, 24-year-old Dorian Monique Baines, was fatally injured in the crash and died at the scene. The defendant and his passenger were taken by ambulance to ECMC where they received treatment for minor injuries.

The defendant, who was found to have cannabis in his system, was interacting with the driver of another northbound vehicle and attempting to maneuver around that vehicle at the time of the collision.

Nelson faces a maximum of 15 years in prison when he is sentenced on Monday, August 1, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. Prosecutors requested that the defendant be remanded. Judge Eagan continued bail at $100,000 cash, bond or partially secured bond, which the defendant previously posted in the Superior Court. 

DA Flynn commends the Buffalo Police Department Accident Investigation Unit their work in this investigation.

The case was prosecuted by Chief Paul J. Glascott and Assistant District Attorney Christine O. Murray of the Vehicular Crimes Bureau.