Man sentenced for vehicular homicide set to reappear in court

Ergardo Rosario. (Photo provided by Kevin L. Smith of The Cortland Voice).

A man who was sentenced for vehicular homicide over a month ago is set to reappear in court next week.

Ergardo Rosario was sentenced to 3-to-15 years in prison after he was convicted of attempted aggravated vehicular homicide (a Class-C Felony) in Cortland County Court last month (April). Rosario pleaded guilty to the accusation in February.

According to the county court calendar, Rosario is scheduled for a court session on Tuesday (June 4). Court documents, however, further indicated that Tuesday’s court appearance is for a restitution hearing.

Rosario did file an appeal for his sentencing in April. Details, however, remain to be seen.

According to a city police report, officers responded to a fatal car accident on Homer Avenue at 7:15 a.m. on Feb. 25 (2023). The vehicle, which had four individuals inside it, crashed into a utility pole. A female passenger in the vehicle died from the accident.

Rosario, the driver of a 2019 Nissan Versa, complained of chest pain and was taken to Guthrie Cortland Medical Center for further treatment. Two people were transported to Upstate University Hospital to treat serious injuries, the police report noted.

The report stated that while Rosario was being treated, he took a drug recognition expert evaluation. Rosario was found to be under the influence of drugs, which impaired his ability to drive a vehicle.

Other previous accusations against Rosario included second-degree vehicular manslaughter, reckless driving, driving while ability impaired by drugs, second-degree reckless endangerment and a traffic infraction of speeding.