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Allegany County man charged in crash that caused son's death

Mike Desmond/wbfo news

A 32-year-old Belfast man pleaded not guilty in Sardinia Town Court Wednesday on a charge of first degree vehicular manslaughter in an October accident that killed his four-year-old son.

Erie County Sheriff's Department Police Services Chief Scott Joslyn says a later blood test on Kevin McCabe showed illegal drugs. The incident occurred when McCabe's pickup truck hit a turning truck on Route 16.
"Mr. McCabe failed to recognize this vehicle making a right hand turn and actually drove into the rear end of the tractor-trailer and became attached to the tractor-trailer," Joslyn explained.

"As the tractor-trailer continued to pull in and make its right-hand turn, would actually pull this mid-size pickup truck which was attached to the rear of the trailer into the driveway."

Investigating deputies say there is no evidence McCabe ever tried to stop. He was seriously injured and his eight-year-old niece was seriously injured.

The investigation took three months before McCabe was arrested.

Mike Desmond is one of Western New York’s most experienced reporters, having spent nearly a half-century covering the region for newspapers, television stations and public radio. He has been with WBFO and its predecessor, WNED-AM, since 1988. As a reporter for WBFO, he has covered literally thousands of stories involving education, science, business, the environment and many other issues. Mike has been a long-time theater reviewer for a variety of publications and was formerly a part-time reporter for The New York Times.