Monday, November 15, 2021

Just North of Wyoming County--Police Report:
Man charged with manslaughter in fatal crash; he was high on drugs

Genesee County Sheriff's and State Police on foot searching for evidence south of the accident on Starr Road near Pavilion, over the border into Wyoming County. -- Mark Gutman/Daily News

An Allegany County man with a history of stealing cars was charged Saturday with manslaughter for the Friday crash in Pavilion that killed his passenger.


Brennan M. Dean, 20, was arrested upon his release from the hospital and charged with second-degree manslaughter, a class C felony punishable by up to 15 years in state prison.

A 20-year-old Bolivar man from Allegany County is facing several charges following a deadly crash Friday afternoon in Genesee County not far from the Wyoming County border.

According to New York State Police, around 2:30 p.m. a 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt was driving south on Starr Road in the Town of Pavilion at a high rate of speed when the vehicle drove off the road at a curve and hit a utility pole. The passenger was ejected from the car and was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash near Crossman Road.

Troopers say the driver, identified as Brennan Dean, allegedly tried to leave the scene of the crash; however, officers located Dean in the nearby area. He was then taken to Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester for non-life-threatening injuries.

It's also alleged that the vehicle involved in the crash was reported stolen from North Tonawanda earlier in the day.

After being released from the hospital, Dean was arrested and taken to the state police barracks in Batavia for processing and was later arraigned at the Town of Pavilion. Dean was remanded to the Genesee County Jail in lieu of $100,000 cash or $200,000 bond.

Dean was arrested for manslaughter, vehicular manslaughter in the second degree, criminal possession of stolen property in the fourth degree, criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, leaving the scene of a fatal motor vehicle accident, DWAI-drugs, as well as additional vehicle and traffic violations.

Dean has a history of stealing cars. His most recent arrest came Oct. 9, when state police charged him with stealing a car. In March 2020 he was arrested in Wellsville and charged with grand larceny for stealing a vehicle in Wellsville. He also was charged in March with stealing a car in Wellsville and has had several other arrests for petit larceny.

Troopers say the investigation is ongoing. The name of the individual who died in the crash has not been provided at this time.

Sources: Appreciation is expressed to NYS Troopers,WGRZ 2 Buffalo and the Daily News of Batavia

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