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Canandaigua man arrested after hit-and-run that left disabled person dead on S. Main St.

Police have made an arrest in the fatal hit-and-run that happened a few weeks ago in Canandaigua.

On November 13 at approximately 3:30 p.m. officers arrested 54-year-old Todd Smith, of Canandaigua for second-degree manslaughter, leaving the scene of a fatal accident, and driving while intoxicated.

According to the Canandaigua Police Department, the arrest of Smith was the culmination of a three-week investigation which resulted in the death of a 62-year-old disabled man who was operating a scooter while crossing South Main Street.

The man, identified as Edwin Wesley, was operating in a marked crosswalk.


Police said in a press release that Smith was operating a 1956 Ford pickup truck while intoxicated when he struck Wesley and fled the scene without reporting the accident to authorities.

Wesley was airlifted to Strong Memorial Hospital where he later died from injuries.

Smith was taken to Ontario County Court for arraignment and remanded on $10,000 cash bail or $30,000 bond.

The Canandaigua Police Department shared their thanks to the citizens who provided information to the agency during the course of the investigation. “Their information greatly assisted in developments made in the investigation and has brought comfort to Mr. Wesley’s family that an arrest has been made,” they added.

On the night of the crash, CPD was assisted by the Ontario County Sheriff’s Office, New York State Police, the Canandaigua Fire Department, Canandaigua Emergency Squad, and Mercy Flight.



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