DA vows ‘hard line’ on drivers who kill while high on marijuana – The Buffalo NewsPosted by On


On Monday, a Town of Tonawanda man was indicted on a second-degree murder charge for crashing his vehicle into a senior apartment complex, killing a 94-year-old woman who had been inside watching TV.

On Wednesday, another indictment was unsealed in Supreme Court Justice Paul B. Wojtaszek’s courtroom: A Central New York man was charged with vehicular manslaughter for running a red light on the city’s East Side and hitting a woman at a bus stop. She died at the scene.

In both cases, the suspects are accused of being under the influence of marijuana, and Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn said he intends to send a message to the public.

“I am not going to tolerate driving while under the influence of marijuana,” Flynn said. “I am going to take a hard line on this.”

Amid the debate earlier this year about legalizing the adult, recreational use of marijuana in New York, Flynn had raised concerns about driving while high.

“My No. 1 concern has been the safety of our roads,”…

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