Driver charged in fatal July accident

SARDINIA, N.Y. (WIVB) — A driver has been charged after a fatal July accident in Sardinia.

Erie County Sheriff’s deputies say Robert Sutherland was driving on Route 39 in the town when he crossed over the westbound shoulder and hit 22-year-old Samuel Pagano, a surveyor.

Deputies say that after he struck the Wales man, Sutherland’s vehicle continued forward, hitting a tree and knocking down a utility pole.

Sutherland was charged with second-degree vehicular manslaughter and committed to the Erie County Holding Center. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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