Assemblyman Gantt pleads guilty to running a stop sign

Assemblyman Gantt pleads guilty to running a stop sign

June 14, 2019 12:47 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — On Thursday, the day before he was scheduled to appear in the City of Rochester's traffic court, New York State Assemblyman David Gantt plead guilty to running a stop sign. 

Security video obtained exclusively by News10NBC shows on May 30, Gantt rolled through a stop sign at Central Park and First Street and crashed into a white van filled with children and their mother and another family member. 

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The crash injured two of the children including a seven-year-old boy who received 19 stitches above both eyes and in his mouth. 

According to Justin Roj, the communications director of the City of Rochester, Gantt was fined. The fine carries a mandatory $93 surcharge. The amount of the fine was not disclosed. 

In Rochester Police body camera video obtained by News10NBC last week, Gantt and a police officer had the following conversation in which he denied going through a stop sign: 

RPD Officer #3: Due to the circumstances I do have to issue a ticket. It's just for obviously going through a stop sign. 
Assemblyman David Gantt: Who went through a stop sign? 
Officer: You did sir. 
Gantt: I stopped at that sign. 
Officer: What's that? 
Gantt: I stopped at that sign. 
Officer: We have video footage and witnesses...
Gantt: I hope you got it because it'll show I stopped there. 

The day after the accident, Gantt released a statement to News10NBC which read in part, "alcohol was not a contributing factor in the accident. Fortunately, Assemblyman Gantt is at home recovering. He asks that you keep him and the other passengers involved in the accident in your prayers. He will have no further comment at this time."

Based on the police body camera video, Gantt was given a breathalyzer test. The officer wearing the camera told Gantt the reading was .00.


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