Driver who paralyzed man sentenced

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — A man was sentenced after pleading guilty to a crash that paralyzed another driver.

Kevin Reyome, 55, of Buffalo, was driving his pickup truck after midnight on Sept. 16 when he rear-ended a vehicle being driven by 37-year-old Buffalo resident John Reinard.

Reinard was stopped at a red light on Harlem Rd. in Cheektowaga at the time.

After the crash, Reyome drove away, but his vehicle stalled in a nearby neighborhood.

When police found him, he ran, but was quickly apprehended.

According to prosecutors, Reyome was drunk at the time. They say his blood-alcohol content was nearly twice the legal limit.

As a result of the crash, the victim, Reinard, was paralyzed from the waist down.

Reyome pleaded guilty to charges of vehicular assault and leaving the scene of a serious physical injury accident.

During the Friday sentencing, Reinard’s mother-in-law, Suzanne Piersa, said “John has undergone three surgeries, spent 10 days in ICU, spent months in a rehab facility and is currently receiving therapy at home…Whatever sentence is rendered, it will not change what happened, It won’t ease his pain. It won’t change the scars or memories, but a sentence served in jail will at least help us believe in some justice.”

Reyome apologized to Reinard’s family.

He will spend one year and a half in jail, and when he gets out, will not be allowed to drive for six months. When he can drive, Reyome will need an interlock device in his vehicle.

He was also ordered to speak about the dangers of drunk driving at meetings.

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