HORSEHEADS, N.Y. — An Ithaca man has been sentenced to prison for operating a vehicle under the influence of drugs and alcohol and speeding, which resulted in a fatal crash.
Johnathan T. Byrd, 29, was sentenced Monday in Chemung County Court for second-degree vehicular manslaughter. He was sentenced to serve three to nine years in prison. No restitution is required, according to the court.
On Oct. 13, 2016, Byrd was speeding and under the influence of alcohol and drugs while traveling on I-86 in Horseheads, an investigation by the Chemung County Sheriff’s Office determined.
Byrd drove off the shoulder of the road and continued several hundred feet through the grassy median. The vehicle flipped over several times and 19-year-old Luciano Servetto, of Ithaca, was ejected from the vehicle, the sheriff’s office said. Servetto died at the scene and another passenger suffered a severe neck injury. Byrd suffered minor injuries.
The sheriff’s office said Byrd was driving more than 100 miles per hour before the crash.
He was arrested several months after the crash and indicted on charges of second-degree manslaughter, second-degree vehicular manslaughter, second-degree vehicular assault, operation of a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, driving while ability impaired by drugs and operating a motor vehicle while ability impaired by the combined influence of drugs or alcohol.