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July 13, 2011

Schumacher due in court Aug. 9

TOWN OF LOCKPORT — A Gasport woman accused of hitting two teens on Dysinger Road in May will return Aug. 9 to Lockport Town Court.

Amy J. Schumacher, 36, 8472 Chestnut Ridge Road, has been charged with Class E felony aggravated vehicular assault on top of driving while intoxicated.

On May 26, Schumacher was driving on Dysinger Road when she swerved off the road and struck two boys who were walking on the shoulder, according to Niagara County Sheriff’s deputies. Schumacher registered a 0.12 percent blood alcohol content, according to the report.

Anthony Sammarco, a 14-year-old who was allegedly hit by Schumacher, remains in the hospital. The other teen, Christian Shufelt, 13, who was walking with Sammarco on Dysinger Road, was released a few days after the accident.

Ralph Lorigo, Schumacher’s attorney, said the Aug. 9 appearance will be a status report on an extensive review of the crash site and a reconstruction of the entire accident.

“We’ll see if it is completed, if it is, then we will either schedule a date for a felony hearing or waive it,” Lorigo said.

Lorigo said the case has been weighing heavily on Schumacher, who surrendered her license in June. Prior to the accident Schumacher had an unblemished driving record.

“It weighs on her everyday,” Lorigo said. “Our prayers go out to their families and we’re wishing these boys well. It is a tragedy for everybody.”

Contact reporter Joe Olenick at 439-9222, ext. 6241.

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