Judge Finds Man Not Guilty Of Vehicular Manslaughter In 7-Year-Old’s Death

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MAYVILLE – A Lakewood man was found not guilty Friday on a charge of second-degree vehicular manslaughter in the death of 7-year-old girl Emmaline Wilcox in Feb. 2020.

A Chautauqua County Court Clerk told WNY News Now that Judge Paul Wojtaszek rendered a verdict following a bench trial for Nicholas Mineweaser. Mineweaser, however, was found guilty of driving while ability impaired by drugs.

Wilcox was killed in a crash on Route 60. Mineweaser was charged in May 2020, but delays occurred due to COVID, legal procedures and other logistical matters.

Chautauqua County District Attorney Jason Schmidt and ADA Emily Woodard prosecuted the case, while Buffalo attorney Michael Dwan represented Mineweaser.


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