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East Aurora woman to be sentenced Monday for DWI crash that seriously injured nine-year-old

Posted at 12:12 PM, Feb 23, 2020

EAST AURORA, N.Y. (WKBW) — The woman who struck and seriously injured a nine-year-old girl in East Aurora last July will be sentenced Monday.

According to police, 30-year-old Erin Kuntz, of East Aurora, was driving west on Main Street in the village in late July when she drove off the road, struck a parked car, and then struck and injured the girl.

Police said the girl, who is from Cheektowaga, was riding her scooter when she was hit. The family told 7 Eyewitness News at the time of the incident the girl's name was Lily.

Lily was transported by ambulance to Oishei Children’s Hospital with serious injuries, she has recovered from her injuries.

She suffered a collapsed lung, broken collarbone, broken rib, and other injuries to her arms and legs, according to court documents obtained by 7 Eyewitness News.

The family also said her nine-year-old cousin was hit by Kuntz while on his bike, but he was not injured.

Kuntz was initially charged with vehicular assault, driving while intoxicated, marijuana possession, refusing to take a breathalyzer, driving a motor vehicle on a sidewalk, and failure to use a designated lane.

Documents obtained by the 7 Eyewitness News I-Team last July showed Kuntz admitted to police she consumed alcohol before driving. While police say she refused a breathalyzer test at the scene, police did conduct field sobriety tests and report she failed all of them.

She pleaded guilty to vehicular assault in December, she faces a maximum of seven years in prison when she is sentenced Monday.