TONAWANDA, NY - Danny Colosimo is now back with his wife and children at his Town of Tonawanda home as he recovers from the serious injuries he suffered to his brain, skull, leg, and other parts of his body when he was struck and thrown from his motorcycle. As he puts it "I'm happy I'm still here to watch my kids grow up. You know...be here with my wife."
It has been a difficult road back from the August 4th crash at an Amherst intersection which was caused by an off duty Erie County Sheriff's Deputy who now admits to driving drunk at three times the legal limit.
Dan and Michelle Colosimo were in court Monday when 29 year-old Sheriff's Deputy Michael Haug pleaded guilty to first degree vehicular assault and DWI. Colosimo says: "Never looked at me. Never said a thing." He is also frustrated that a sheriff's deputy who took an oath could do something like this. He hopes "this is a wake-up call" to anyone who would try to use a badge to cover up their wrongdoing.
Michelle Colosimo says "I can't say that it was shocking that he pleaded guilty. Because it was obvious that he was the one that did it. Regardless of what his plea is or the punishment he ends up getting in the end..it will never change what's happened to our lives."
Dan Colosimo says he hopes therapy will someday allow him to return to his job as a maintenance mechanic and even ride his beloved motorcycle once again. But that will all depend on the progress of his recovery.
Haug is slated to be back in court for sentencing in January and faces up to seven years in prison. Dan and Michelle Colosimo intend to be there to speak to the court and to Haug.
A sheriff's office spokeswoman says the Undersheriff has begun the process to fire Haug.