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Lancaster drunk driver headed behind bars for killing teen bicyclist

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — A drunk driver from Lancaster is going behind bars for killing an 18-year-old bicyclist and seriously injuring a second person.

On August 28, 2020, around 10 p.m., 55-year-old Kevin J. Czajka drove drunk east on Pleasant View Drive in the Town of Lancaster. He hit two teen bicyclists and sped away, never contacting authorities, according to the Erie County District Attorney’s Office.

Lancaster Police officers caught up with Czajka a short time later.

Both teen boys were taken to Erie County Medical Center for treatment. Maytham Vukelic, 18, of East Aurora, passed away at the hospital. The other teen was seriously injured and underwent several days of treatment.

The 55-year-old pleaded guilty on May 31 to one count of aggravated vehicular assault and one count of second-degree vehicular manslaughter.

He’s been sentenced to an indeterminate sentence of 1 2/3 to 5 years in prison, and his driver’s license was revoked.

Patrick Ryan is a digital producer who has been part of the News 4 team since 2020. See more of his work here.

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