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2017-11-09 / Local News

Lavertu sentenced to one year in prison

Sebastien Y. Lavertu, 32, of Quebec, Canada, has been sentenced by State Supreme Court Justice John L. Michalski to one year in prison for a hit-and-run crash, according to the Erie County District Attorney’s Office.

Lavertu pleaded guilty in September to leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death.

At about 11:50 p.m. on June 21, Lavertu was behind the wheel of a tractor-trailer on Pavement Road at Broadway in Lancaster when he fatally struck a pedestrian, 28-year-old Ryan Johns of Depew, and drove away, the release said.

Lancaster police used video from several sources to identify the truck in the crash. Lavertu was taken into custody when his damaged truck was spotted crossing from the Quebec border into New York state at Lake Champlain.

District Attorney John J. Flynn Jr. credited the outstanding investigative work of the Lancaster Police Department, including Lt. Ronald Rozler, Detective Mark Fowler and officers Shaun DiMino and Richard Albert. Chief Kelley Omel of the DA’s Vehicular Crimes Bureau prosecuted the case.

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