Teen pleads guilty to role in fatal Tonawanda boat crash

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — A teen named in a fatal boating crash in the Town of Tonawanda admitted to his role as the driver at the time of a 16-year-old’s death.

Police have been prosecuting 18-year-old Gregory Green, of North Tonawanda, along with 51-year-old Timothy Wisniewski, since the June 11 accident that left 16-year-old Avery Gardner, a Lockport native, dead.

Prosecutors say Green, who was 17-years-old at the time, steered the boat at a high speed in Ellicott Creek with a blood alcohol content of .15 percent — nearly twice the legal limit. Officials also said he drove under the influence of marijuana. Gardener died when the boat crossed under a footbridge, striking her head.

Green pleaded guilty Tuesday to criminally negligent homicide and vehicular manslaughter. He faces up to 7 years behind bars when sentenced on Aug. 16.

Green’s co-defendant Wisniewski, who stands accused of providing the teens with alcohol and allowing Green to operate his boat, still faces charges of criminally negligent homicide, two counts of operating a vessel while under the influence of alcohol, endangering the welfare of a child and unlawful possession of marijuana.

Wisniewski remains in jail on $20,000 bail as his case continues to move through the court system.

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