Tonawanda News

September 20, 2013

Kenmore man pleads guilty in fatal DWI

Staff Reports
The Tonawanda News

Tonawanda News — Robert Mooney, a 21-year-old Kenmore man, has pleaded guilty to second-degree vehicular manslaughter and DWI after a June crash that killed his passenger, Erie County District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III said Thursday.

Mooney admitted to driving drunk June 21 on Route 5 in the Village of Farnham. He was driving approximately 80 mph when he lost control of the vehicle and it overturned.

Mooney’s passenger, 20-year-old Joseph F. Cavalleri, of the Town of Tonawanda, was ejected from the vehicle and fatally injured. 

“Once again, the stupidity and recklessness of a drunk driver has taken the life of a young victim,” Sedita said in the statement. 

Erie County Court Judge Kenneth F. Case will sentence Mooney Dec. 18. He faces a maximum sentence of 28 months to seven years in prison.