Portland Man Who Fled Fatal Accident Sentenced

MAYVILLE – A Portland man who allegedly left the scene of a fatal car accident two years ago learned of his fate Monday in Chautauqua County Court.

Jeremiah Burgess, 23, was sentenced to 1 years in state prison for criminally negligent homicide and leaving the scene of an accident.

According to the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office, Burgess was involved in a vehicle accident in Hanover on Nov. 8, 2012, in which he reportedly lost control of his car on Route 5 – where it splits from Routes 5 and 20 – and crashed into a concrete abutment in the ditch on the south side of the road.

Burgess’ passenger, Jeremy Long, 22, of Silver Creek was killed.

After fleeing the scene, Burgess eventually turned himself in to police two days after the accident.

Other recent sentences included Chad H. Blakely, 28, of Forestville, sentenced to 3 years of probation for third-degree assault.

Nicholas Rose, 31, of Jamestown was sentenced to 5 years of probation, a $2,000 fine, 60 months with an ignition interlock device and a 1 year driver’s license revocation for felony driving while intoxicated.

Jean Rodriguez-Diaz, 32, of Dunkirk was sentenced to 3 years of probation and restitution for fourth-degree criminal mischief.

Adam Fox, 38, of Corry, Pa., was sentenced to 30 days in jail and 6 years of probation for third-degree attempted criminal sex act.