BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — A lengthy investigation into a crash in October of 2015 that left a 4-year-old boy dead led police to charge the boy’s father in the case.
Officers announced on Tuesday they arrested and are charging the driver of a pickup truck that crashed into the rear of a tractor trailer. Kevin McCabe, a 32-year-old Belfast native, stands charged with vehicular manslaughter.
McCabe drove his pickup with his son and his 7-year-old niece in the cab, when he crashed, wedging the truck underneath the tractor trailer. Police say McCabe crashed after he failed to slow down — the tractor trailer was preparing to turn into a driveway.
The crash caused Sardinia’s Route 16 to be closed in both directions for multiple hours, as officers reconstructed the crash and interviewed witnesses. Those interviews did not stop for weeks, as police put together footage from nearby cameras, completely fleshing out the crash.
Police said they learned McCabe drove under the influence of a controlled substance and did not hit the brakes when the tractor trailer slowed down. Officers say what they found merited levying felony charges against him.
When McCabe appeared in court for his arraignment, a judge set bail at $10,000 cash and $50,000 bond. McCabe declined to comment.