A man who jerked the steering wheel while intoxicated and caused a crash on Interstate 90 north of Buffalo that resulted in the deaths of two women was arraigned in Johnson County District Court on Monday.
Fernando Espares Lumabao, 50, a Filipino national, was originally charged with two counts of “recklessly causing the death of another,” felonies, and four counts of “reckless endangerment,” which is a misdemeanor.
Under a plea agreement, Lumabao agreed to plead guilty to the two felony counts in exchange for all other counts being dismissed.
The felony counts carry a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison, a $10,000 fine or both for each count.
District Judge John G. Fenn accepted Lumabao's pleas and Johnson County Prosecutor Ken DeCock recommended a sentence of 6 to 8 years in prison concurrent. Lumabao will likely only serve 180 days and then be deported back to the Philippines.
Fenn ordered a pre-sentencing investigation, but no sentencing date has been set at this time. Lumabao will remain in custody until his sentencing.
The crash occurred September 17th at about 7 pm near the Rock Creek Exit north of Buffalo.
Killed in the rollover were 21 year-old Peijung Chen of China and 19-year-old Yuhsin Lee of Taiwan.
Injured were 20 year-old Orlando Kamaj of Albania, 21-year-old Yilei Yao of Taiwan and Yenping Chung of China.