Man responsible for fatal crash at airport pleaded guilty

Lawrence J. Penna and his attorney Herbert Greenman appear before Town Justice Paul Piotrowski on August 17, 2017. (Jim Herr/Cheektowaga Chronicle)
Lawrence J. Penna and his attorney Herbert Greenman appear before Town Justice Paul Piotrowski on August 17, 2017. (Jim Herr/Cheektowaga Chronicle)

BUFFALO – A Williamsville man pleaded guilty Friday to leaving the scene of a deadly accident on June 7th at Buffalo-Niagara International Airport.

68-Year-Old Lawrence Penna faces a maximum of 7 years in prison when he is sentenced by Judge Kenneth Case on February 9, 2017, at 2:00 pm according to the Erie County District Attorney’s Office.

Mr. Penna went to the airport to pick up a family member when his car collided with another vehicle.  The crash caused the car carrying the women to flip over, killing 53-year-old Daisy Josiah of Maplewood Minnesota.  She who was ejected from the vehicle.  Two others were also hurt.

The DA’s office says Mr. Penna drove on, picked up his family member and then fled the scene.  NFTA Police found him at his home shortly after that.  He admitted being involved in the collision and having seen the other car flip.

Had Mr. Penna remained on the scene he would not have faced any criminal charges the DA’s office said.

District Attorney John Flynn commends the NFTA Police Department for their investigative work.  Chief Kelley A. Omel of the DA’s Vehicular Crimes Bureau prosecuted the case.