Drunk driver in crash that killed deputy gets probation

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – A drunk driver involved in a deadly crash that claimed the life of an Erie County Sheriff’s deputy will not be going to jail.

Justice Robert Buscaglia ordered Robert Styn’s license suspended for three years, in addition to wearing an ankle monitoring bracelet, which will monitor the 62-year-old West Seneca man’s alcohol content. During the three years of Styn’s probation, he is not allowed to drink any alcohol, he will have an ignition interlock device installed in his vehicle, and he must attend counseling.

Eight months ago, Styn was driving drunk when he crashed into Erie County Sheriff’s Deputy Daniel McParlane on Indian Church Road in West Seneca. McParlane died in the crash.

Both the prosecutor and the defense attorneys noted the accident was not Styn’s fault and explained the crash was unavoidable. With that in mind, the judge said he “understands the tragedy and loss of life here.”

Styn’s attorney Jim Vallone said McParlane’s death will be with Styn for the rest of his life.

“He’s got some psychological issues as a result of that and some flashbacks. I think they’re all very accurate. He’s had to relive this accident. We understood from day one what the impact of this case was and we’ve been very respectful of that.”

Styn apologized in court, saying, “I’m sorry this accident ever had to happen” and that he hoped McParlane’s family would accept his apology.

McParlane’s family walked out of the court with no comment.

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