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Moravia Man Admits Texting and Driving in Fatal Homer Crash

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A Moravia man will spend up to 3 years in state prison after he admitted that he was texting while driving and caused a fatal crash on Route 90 in Homer in 2014.

28-year-old Tyler Bloodgood appeared in Cortland County Court Thursday for a pre-trial hearing. He later pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter.

Back on October 31st, 2014 State Police, and Homer Firefighters responded to a two car fatal head-on collision on Route 90 between Sweeney and Foster Roads.

Bloodgood was operating a dump truck, owned by the Town of Sempronius the investigation revealed he crossed into the oncoming lane and struck a pickup truck operated by 38-year-old Raymond Wamsley of Stamford, NY. Wamsley was pronounced dead at the scene.

Investigators found Bloodgood had been sending text messages at the time of the crash. A Cortland County Grand Jury indicted him on four charges including manslaughter in the second degree, criminally negligent homicide, reckless driving and use of an electronic device.

In exchange for his plea, County DA Mark Suben has recommended Bloodgood spend 1-3 years in prison.

County Judge Julie Campbell could sentence him to less. The maximum is 5 to 15 years; he’s due for sentencing on April 21st.

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