CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. (WIVB) – A teenager who just graduated from Depew High School is accused in a deadly hit and run and faced a judge Monday morning.
Devin Scagnelli, 18, is charged with leaving the scene of a personal injury accident, a B felony. His lawyer entered a not guilty plea when Scagnelli was arraigned on Monday.
Prosecutors say Scagnelli was driving his mother’s Ford Mustang on Borden Road in Cheektowaga when he jumped the curb and hit Rickey J. Mullar around 7 a.m. on Sunday. Mullar, who was out for a walk, was hit from behind and died at the scene.
Police say Scagnelli and his passenger originally got out of their vehicle, but when an off-duty officer pulled up on scene, they drove off.
“Identified himself as a police officer. These two got back in the car and left the scene,” said Cheektowaga Police Asst. Chief James Speyer said. “You know if he would’ve stayed there and spoke with the officers and remained at the scene, which is the prudent thing to do, he wouldn’t be facing those charges right now.”
In court, Erie County Assistant District Attorney Kelley Omel said, “The defendant stopped his car and eventually got out. Looked, and after having a brief conversation with passengers, people on the scene, he got back into his car and left the scene.”
Police caught up to the teen about a mile from the scene and placed him under arrest.
Scagnelli’s defense attorney said, “His parents are here, he just graduated from Depew High School, he has no prior criminal history. I would ask you consider a reasonable bail, judge.”
The judge set bail at $100,000. The teen will be back for a hearing Friday at 8:30 a.m.
News 4 has learned on May 28, Scagnelli was charged at Sunset Bay with underage possession of alcohol, having an open container and littering. He later pleaded guilty to disposing of the container.
Police say it would hurt their investigation if the media released the suspect’s photo from court.