Driver of Maserati charged in fatal October car crash

Maserati Crash South Buffalo
Photo credit Maserati crash photo from video provided to WIVB from Shawn Patrick Greene

BUFFALO (WBEN) - On Tuesday morning, 34-year-old Antonio Brown, the driver of last October's Maserati car crash in South Buffalo that killed 32-year-old Kristin LaBruno and 33-year-old AJ Twentyfive III, was arraigned before County Court Judge Kenneth Case.

Brown has been charged with several crimes, including one count of aggravated vehicular homicide, vehicular manslaughter in the first degree, and two counts manslaughter in the second degree.

"There are a number of legal theories here, and I pretty much charged them all," said Erie County District Attorney John Flynn. "Now, it will be up to the jury to decide which ones we're going to convict on."

It's alleged that on Sunday, October 27, 2019, at approximately 2:37 a.m., the defendant was driving a Maserati, while under the influence of alcohol, at a high-rate of speed northbound on Seneca Street in the City of Buffalo when his vehicle collided with a Toyota Yaris near Pomona Place. 

Twentyfive III and LaBruno were transported to the hospital where they died of their injuries, and the cause of death for both victims was determined to be blunt force trauma.

The defendant and his female passenger were taken to ECMC for non-life threatening injuries.

"There were a lot of social media rumors going on about this case after it first happened, and I can tell you that none of them are true," said Flynn. "The fact that he was related to Mayor Brown - totally not true. The fact that he was a Buffalo Bill - totally not true. The fact that he was being chased by the West Seneca Police Department - totally not true."

A $50,000 bail has been set for Brown, who pleaded not guilty to the charges. Brown's license has been taken away, and he faces up to 25 years in prison if convicted.

No return date has been set at this time.