Driver pleads guilty to fatal Wheatfield hit-and-run

WHEATFIELD, N.Y. (WIVB) — A man behind the wheel of a vehicle when his car struck and killed 16-year-old Ryan Fischer has pleaded guilty to reduced charges in the case.

Niagara County District Attorney’s Office officials confirmed Anthony DiFilippo, 40, pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of a fatal crash without reporting to proper authorities in New York State Supreme Court.

Authorities searched for answers for months after the death of Fischer, who died while walking down the road with his girlfriend on Krueger Road in November of 2014. Eventually they highlighted DiFilippo as the suspect and an indictment followed in September of 2015.

Documents showed DiFilippo, a computer programmer, stood accused of texting and driving at the time of the crash. Until the crash, DiFilippo’s attorney called him a law abiding citizen who had a clean record.

Officials say prosecutors will push for a sentence of six months behind bars for DiFilippo with five years of probation.


A timeline of the case following the crash on Nov. 20, 2014:

Nov. 20, 2014 — Ryan Fischer is struck by a sedan, taken to a hospital. 

Nov. 21, 2014 — Fischer succumbs to his wounds.

Nov. 26, 2014 — The family of Fischer speaks out, mourns the loss of their son, brother. 

Dec. 17, 2014 — Police and family members offer a reward for information in the fatal crash. 

Feb. 25, 2015 — Officers refresh the case, plea to the public for help months later. 

Sept. 21, 2015 — Man indicted on charges related to the case. 

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