Boop could get 15 years for DWI fatality
Aaron Boop of Avon could spend up to 15 years in prison for his role in an Oct. 21, 2008 drunk driving accident that claimed the life of 16-year-old Nicholas Zajac of Caledonia.
A Monroe County jury convicted Boop Tuesday on seven counts, including DWI, manslaughter and driving without a license. He had lost his license due to a 2006 drunk driving conviction in Genesee County.
Boop drove his truck into a tree at the corner of Beulah and Vallence Roads in Wheatland just seconds away from Zajac’s house. The teenage passenger was ejected from the truck and later pronounced dead at Strong Memorial Hospital.
Monroe County Sheriff’s reports reflect that Boop called his girlfriend prior to calling 911. Friends and family of Zajac speculate that the Cal-Mum junior might have been saved if Boop had called for help sooner.
In the hospital immediately following the accident, Boop admitted to Monroe County Sheriff’s Deputies that he had been drinking heavily. His blood alcohol level was measured .16 percent.
Boop will be sentenced Oct. 7.