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2018-09-13 / Local News

Elma man pleads guilty in crash that injured bicyclists

An Elma man has pleaded guilty for his role in a crash that left one person with a traumatic brain injury.

On Friday, Michael Zaenglein, 63, pleaded guilty before Erie County Court Judge Michael Pietruszka to vehicular assault in the second degree, a class “E” felony. According to the Erie County District Attorney’s Office, that was the highest charge in the indictment against him.

Zaenglein admitted he was driving a vehicle on the shoulder of Clinton Street in Elma when he hit two bicyclists in June 2017. One of the bicyclists was in a coma for nearly a month and suffered several serious injuries, including a traumatic brain injury.

Zaenglein faces a maximum of four years in prison when he is sentenced on Tuesday, Nov. 13.

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