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Buffalo police could not obtain crash data from Maserati in South Buffalo crash

Maserati crash
Posted at 3:13 PM, Jun 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-22 18:13:24-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Nearly eight months after a deadly crash in South Buffalo that killed Kristin LaBruno and Anthony Twentyfive III, the 7 Eyewitness News I-Team has learned from a police source the main suspect, Antonio D. Brown, is working on a plea deal with the Erie County DA's office.

The exact terms of that agreement are unclear. The DA's office will only say this case is "still under investigation."

Police say Brown was driving drunk, when he crashed on Seneca Street at Pomona Place in October. He was driving a 2008 Maserati.

Back in November, the I-Team reported police had a search warrant, giving them permission to take the black box from the Maserati. Police were looking for more information about the deadly crash.

A source close to the investigation told the I-Team then, the black box had been sent to Italy for examination.

Now, there are questions about what evidence was actually taken from the car and if it was ever sent to Italy.

A police source explained today, the 2008 Maserati that Brown was driving was manufactured before there was a requirement to have black boxes or event data recorders in cars.

The I-Team is told, what was taken was a different device and Buffalo Police were unable to recover any crash data from that device.

The I-team asked the DA's office if that device was ever sent overseas. A spokesperson said they cannot comment on evidence.

Buffalo Police Captain Jeff Rinaldo would not speak with the I-Team on camera. By phone, he would only say the department sent the results of its investigation to the District Attorney's office.

The 7 Eyewitness News I-Team has also filed a lawsuit against the Buffalo Police Department, looking for the application for the search warrant used in this case.

The department has refused to release that documentation since December, despite being told by a City of Buffalo attorney to do so.

The case is now moving through the legal process.