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2018-04-11 / Local News

Driver sentenced for high-speed crash

Elijah Turley, 23, of Buffalo, has been sentenced by State Supreme Court Justice Christopher J. Burns to an indeterminate sentence of two to four years following a Kenmore Avenue car crash, according to Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn.

Also, Burns issued a restitution order for State Farm Insurance for $67,624.89.

In the early morning hours of Sept. 29, 2017, Amherst police officers were dispatched to investigate possible vehicle racing on Niagara Falls Boulevard.

Turley, who was operating a pickup, refused to stop and proceeded west on Kenmore Avenue at a rate of 99 mph in a 35-mph zone for more than three miles, according to police.

He lost control of the pickup and struck two houses on Kenmore Avenue, causing significant damage. His female passenger was ejected from the vehicle and suffered serious injuries, police said.

Turley, a second felony offender, pleaded guilty to reckless endangerment in the first degree in February.

Assistant District Attorney Kelley A. Omel of the DA’s Special Investigations Bureau prosecuted the case.

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