Cayuga County District Attorney Jon Budelmann celebrated the guilty plea of 37-year-old Raymond Campagna Jr., of Auburn, who was involved in a fatal crash on Route 34 in the Town of Fleming. Through the investigation into the accident, it was found that Campagna had a blood-alcohol content of more than .08 percent at the time of the crash.
The accident happened on April 9th and resulted in the death of 3-week-old Kasey Potter. Kasey’s mother Kirsten Foisia-Burgman was also seriously injured.
Budelmann’s office announced that Campagna pleaded guilty to aggravated vehicular homicide, aggravated vehicular assault, driving while intoxicated with a blood-alcohol content of .08 percent and reckless driving in an 18-count indictment.
Budelmann said in a press release Tuesday afternoon that “Campagna admitted that he had a blood alcohol count of .08% on April 9th as he drove North on Route 34 in a reckless manner, crossing the center line of the road and crashing head on into a southbound truck operated by Dakota Potter.”
Campagna agreed upon a sentence of 5 to 20 years for the aggravated vehicular homicide count, a concurrent 4 to 12 year sentence on the aggravated vehicular assault count, as well as a 6 month sentence for the driving while intoxicated charge. In all he will serve 20 years, with a conditional release date more than 13 years away.
Budelmann said in a statement, “There is no sentence that will bring back Kasey and it is heartbreaking that Kirsten and Dakota lost their baby to a drunk driver when he was such a tender age, only 3 weeks old. But knowing that Kasey’s killer will be going to prison for a long time will make the upcoming holidays a little more bearable.”
Assistant District Attorney Diane Adsit said that this case was the first of two drunk driving tragedies in this community this year. She went on pointing out that, “We sincerely hope that people will think of this infant Kasey and 18 year old Chloe when they are celebrating during the upcoming holidays and that everyone will call a cab or make alternative plan to get home, such as a designated driver who will not drink alcoholic beverages or engage in any drug use, so that everyone gets home safely. These are such avoidable, unnecessary tragedies. We simply cannot have any more drunk driving injuries or fatalities in this community and we all must become part of the solution.”
Campagna is scheduled to be sentenced on January 24th at 11 am.