Lakewood Man Charged For Crash That Killed 7-Year-Old
A Lakewood man has been charged with second-degree vehicular manslaughter and driving while ability impaired by drugs for a crash that killed a 7-year-old girl in February.
The New York State Police announced the charges Friday to 24-year-old Nicholas P. Mineweaser.
Police have been investigating the Feb. 24 crash on Route 60 in the town of Pomfret that took the life of Emmaline A. Wilcox. In a news release, the state police said Mineweaser was northbound when he struck the back of a 2016 Kia that had stopped to make a left turn into a parking lot.
The Kia was pushed into the southbound lane, where it was struck by a 2016 Volvo tractor-trailer.
The driver of the Kia and Wilcox were taken to Brooks Memorial Hospital. The 7-year-old was pronounced dead at the hospital.
Troopers detected the odor of marijuana on Mineweaser at the scene of the crash; an investigation determined the Lakewood man was intoxicated by drugs.
The Chautauqua County District Attorney’s Office, Collision Reconstruction Unit, Commercial Vehicle enforcement Unit, Fredonia Police Department assisted in this investigation.