An epileptic man who killed the passenger of another car after he suffered a seizure while driving has been cleared of charges against him.
Vincent Zanfardino, who in 2012 was charged with second-degree murder, criminally negligent homicide and assault, was found not guilty by the State Supreme Court on Tuesday, despite having been found to have repeatedly ignored warnings from his doctor not to drive.
His lawyer argued, however, that being epileptic was not Zanfardino's fault, nor was he to blame for the state's laws allowing people with epilepsy to drive. Despite taking medication, Zanfardino had reportedly suffered an increase in seizures in recent years.
Zanfardino had an epileptic seizure while driving on the New England Thruway on the night of July 11th, 2012. He crashed his car into a vehicle carrying 25-year-old Alfred Reitano, along with driver Brynn Rohlf and her fiancé, Dylan Gardineer. Reitano suffered a head injury and died the next day.