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Driver sentenced for killing pedestrian in hit-and-run on Broadway in summer 2017


Wed, Mar 29th 2023 07:40 pm

Submitted by the Erie County District Attorney’s Office

Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announces 36-year-old D’Mario A. Caesar of Buffalo was sentenced this afternoon before Erie County Court Judge Susan Eagan to the maximum of 7 ½ to 15 years in prison as a second felony offender. His sentence will run consecutive to his federal sentencing scheduled for April 5, 2023, on drug and weapons charges.

On July 16, 2017, at approximately 3:08 a.m., the defendant was driving a SUV at a high-rate of speed on Broadway in the City of Buffalo when he hit a pedestrian who was crossing the street near Bailey Avenue. The defendant left the scene without reporting the incident to police. The victim, 31-year-old Brandyn Mallory of Buffalo, died later that morning at ECMC.

The defendant’s vehicle was found unoccupied on Broadway near Greene Street, a short distance away from the scene of the crime.

On Jan. 18, 2023, a jury found Caesar guilty of one count of manslaughter in the second degree (class “C” felony) and one count of leaving the scene of an incident without reporting resulting in death (class “D” felony). Jurors rendered their decision after about an hour of deliberation following a six-day trial, convicting the defendant of all counts in the indictment against him.

DA Flynn commends the Buffalo Police Department accident investigation unit for its work in the investigation.

The case was prosecuted by Chief Patrick B. Shanahan of the felony trials bureau, and Assistant District Attorney Gina M. Gramaglia of the special victims/domestic violence bureau.

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