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No charges for Buffalo police officer in crash that killed Susan LoTempio

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Posted at 1:23 PM, Dec 20, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-20 13:36:05-05

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — There will be no criminal charges against a Buffalo police officer who hit and killed a Buffalo woman in a patrol vehicle in March, according to a report from the New York State Attorney General's office.

Susan LoTempio, 64, was taking her morning walk near Hertel Ave and Tennyson Ave when Officer Daniel Ahearn hit her with his police car back in March. She died at the scene.

The crash happened around 6:30 in the morning, before sunrise, and the roads were wet; conditions that the report says contributed to the incident. The report adds that LoTempio was wearing dark clothing and was not crossing Hertel at a crosswalk.

An autopsy performed at the Erie County Medical Examiner’s Office revealed that Ms. LoTempio died of multiple blunt force injuries. The manner of death was ruled an accident. The report says that Officer Ahearn cooperated with the investigation, provided a blood sample and allowed investigators to inspect his personal cell phone; nothing was found.

“We send our deepest condolences to the family of Ms. LoTempio, whose death was a heartbreaking tragedy,” said Attorney General Underwood. “We undertook a comprehensive investigation into the accident, part of our commitment to providing the public with exhaustive and transparent accounting of all cases we investigate under the executive order.”

You can read the full report here -