Yet Another Senseless Death Caused By a Drunk Driver

Modified: October 21, 2013 10:12am


Erie County District Attorney Frank A. Sedita, III announced that 21 year- old Robert Mooney of 311 Delaware Road, Kenmore, pleaded guilty, as charged, to Vehicular Manslaughter in the Second Degree and Driving While Intoxicated before Erie County Court Judge Kenneth F. Case.  These are the highest charges for which Mooney could have been convicted had he gone to trial. 

Mooney admitted the following: that on June 21, 2013, 20 year-old Joseph F. Cavalleri was a passenger inside a vehicle that he was operating; that he was driving at approximately 80 miles per hour on Route 5 in the Village of Farnham; that he had a 1.4% blood alcohol content (BAC) while driving; that he lost control of his vehicle and rolled it over; and, that Cavalleri was ejected and fatally injured.

The case was successfully prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Robin J. Deubler, who is assigned to DA Sedita’s Vehicular Crimes Bureau. DA Sedita stated: “Once again, the stupidity and recklessness of a drunk driver has taken the life of a young victim.”

Mooney faces a maximum prison sentence of 2-1/3 – 7 years when he is sentenced on December 18, 2013 before Judge Case.