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Lancaster police lieutenant pleads guilty in deadly boat crash that killed teacher

Posted at 4:33 PM, Dec 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-16 21:20:14-05

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — A Lancaster police lieutenant will not serve any jail time for operating the boat that crashed into the Lake Erie break wall last year, killing a high school teacher and coach.

Michael Cronin, 47, pleaded guilty Monday in Buffalo City Court to one cout of imprudent speed under the navigation law. He was sentenced to a one year conditional discharge.

The May 2018 crash near the Small Boat Harbor off Fuhrmann Boulevard killed one of his passengers, 43-year-old Eric Przykuta.

Cronin, Przykuta and another man were returning to shore from fishing when the crash happened.

Przykuta, a 7th grade science teacher, taught in the Lancaster district for nearly 20 years. In addition to his work in the classroom, he also coached the modified lacrosse team and served as the Lancaster Central Teachers Association president for 10 years.

According to his Linkedin page, Cronin is a lieutenant with the Lancaster Police Department.

Przykuta's widow retained the Buffalo law office of Rosenthal, Kooshoian & Lennon, LLP a month after the crash to represent the family in legal proceedings.