Archive for August, 2009

Ross Cellino Discusses Impact of Teen Driving Legislation

Saturday, August 22nd, 2009

Attorney, Ross Cellino, who works in both the Rochester and Buffalo  offices, weighs the impact of the New York State Senate legislation that will toughen teen driving laws. Not only will it be illegal for drivers of all ages to text message while driving, but the bill further requires that a learner’s permit must be held for at least 6 months before a junior license can be obtained.  In addition, if there is no adult in the vehicle with a junior driver, the number of non-family members allowed in the vehicle will be reduced to one.

Rochester, NY residents may find the news timely and encouraging. Many have been affected by the recent news involving three Rochester teens killed in car accidents, as well as the five area teens killed last year as a result of texting while driving. Parents often worry about the safety of their young adults, particularly when they are driving with their friends.

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Cellino and Barnes Attorneys Selected for 2009 New York Super Lawyers

Friday, August 21st, 2009

Buffalo lawyers of Cellino and Barnes have been honored with selection into the 2009 edition of New York Super Lawyers, as well as a Rochester attorney. The honored lawyers include buffalo lawyers Richard Barnes, Denis Bastible, Stephen Ciocca, and David Goodman, and Rochester attorney, Richard Amico.

Super Lawyers is comprised of outstanding lawyers recognized by their peers for professional achievements. Each lawyer must undergo a statewide nomination process, review of resumes and peer evaluation by practice area. Only 5% of lawyers in Upstate New York are named to the list. Cellino and Barnes’ buffalo lawyers are available through

“Cellino & Barnes is comprised of many outstanding lawyers,” stated Ross Cellino. “We are proud that several of our attorneys have been highly recognized.”

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Long Island Accident Claims 3 Lives

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009


Aug. 3, 2009.  Three people died in a Long Island car crash overnight on Wantagh State Parkway.

A car traveling on relatively quiet stretch of highway veered off the roadway and struck a tree. Three people in the car were pronounced dead at the scene. A fourth passenger was taken to Nassau University Medical Center in critical but stable condition.

State police are still investigating the fatal accident but believe speed was a factor.

Niagara Falls Teen Killed in Car Crash

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009


Aug. 3, 2009.  A Niagara Falls teen was killed and three others were injured after the vehicle they were traveling in veered off the road and collided with a concrete water intake.

Police said the car accident happened when the driver of the car lost control of his vehicle, became airborne and hit the water intake, before becoming partially submerged in the Niagara River.

The driver was charged with dangerous driving causing death and criminal negligence causing death.

Rochester New York Man Airlifted After Collision

Tuesday, August 4th, 2009


July 31, 2009 – A Rochester man, while driving his pickup truck, jumped the median and collided with a minivan on Macedon Center Road in the Town of Perinton.

The driver of the pickup truck, a 32-year-old Rochester man, suffered serious injuries to his chest and arms. He was airlifted to Strong Memorial Hospital.

The driver of the minivan, a 47-year-old woman from Macedon, suffered minor injuries in the auto accident and was transported via ambulance to Strong Hospital.

Police continue to investigate the accident.

Lockport Woman in Serious Condition – Texting While Driving Accident

Monday, August 3rd, 2009


Aug 3, 2009 – Three people were injured when the driver of a tow truck struck a car at an intersection. The tow truck driver hit the back of the vehicle causing it to swerve out of control and crash through a resident’s backyard fence.

The car and motorcycle on the back of the tow truck flew off, damaging a residential home, destroying the air conditioning unit and house’s gas lines, ultimately landing in a swimming pool.

The woman driving the car in this car accident was transported to ECMC via helicopter for her serious injuries. An 8-year-old passenger was taken to Women and Children’s Hospital for her injuries.  Their car was totaled.

Truck driver has been charged with talking on a mobile phone [while driving], following too closely, and reckless driving. He was talking while driving and texting while driving on two separate mobile phones at the same time.