Trial starts Aug. 12 for Medina man accused of criminally negligent homicide

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 20 May 2019 at 12:29 pm

ALBION – The trial will start Aug. 12 for a Medina man who has been charged with criminally negligent homicide after a fatal accident on July 24, 2018 at the intersection of Fancher Road and Route 31A in Clarendon.

Kevin Lupiani, 40, allegedly failed to stop at a stop sign that day at 10:30 p.m. He was driving a 1994 Ford flatbed truck when he allegedly caused the accident that resulted in the death of Matthew Gardner, 25, of Hamlin.

Lupiani has pleaded not guilty to the charge, an E felony which carries a maximum of 1 1/3 to 4 years in state prison.

Orleans County Court Judge Sanford Church set the start of the jury trial for Aug. 12.

In other cases in County Court last Thursday:

Coley Doward Jr., 35, of Medina was arraigned on charged of aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the first degree and two counts of misdemeanor driving while intoxicated.

He was stopped in the Town of Shelby on Nov. 5. He didn’t have a license due to a previous DWI in 2007.

The judge set bail at $500.

• Gilberto Gonzales, 49, of Kendall was arraigned on AUO in the first degree and two counts of felony DWI. He was stopped in Albion on April 14.

He is in the county jail on $5,000 bail.

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