Portland man, 23, sentenced in fatal crash

MAYVILLE – A Portland man has been sentenced to 1 1/3 to 4 years in state prison for his role in a fatal motor vehicle accident in 2012.

Chautauqua County District Attorney David Foley’s office Monday announced the sentencing of Jeremiah Burgess, 23, of Portland. Burgess allegedly was the driver in the fatal accident that killed 22-year-old Jeremy Long of Silver Creek in November 2012.

Burgess has been charged with criminally negligent homicide and leaving the scene of an accident.

Burgess was reportedly driving west on Routes 5/20 in the town of Hanover when he lost control of the vehicle. The vehicle turned onto the split of Route 5, lost control and crashed into a concrete abutment on the south side of the road.

Burgess then fled the scene of the crash and turned himself in to the police the following day.

Foley was unavailable for comment Monday afternoon.