A Dunkirk woman has been charged in connection with a fatal accident which happened in late July. Jessica Mann, 27, of Dunkirk has been charged in connection with a July 21 accident on the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation.
Mann along with a 16-year-old male, were traveling on Route 20 when they made a left turn and pulled in front of Charles H. Phillips, 53, of Derby at 11 p.m. Phillips was traveling east on Route 20 on his motorcycle and hit the side of the vehicle as it turned. He later died from his injuries at Lake Shore Hospital.
During the initial investigation, Mann and the male both gave written statements that Mann was a passenger in the vehicle and not driving. Further investigation by the Sheriff's Investigation Unit determined Mann was, in fact, the one driving. Investigators discovered a digital recording from a store near the accident scene and another from more than 10 miles away showing Mann operating the Ford Mustang.
Mann was taken into custody while visiting a friend in the city of Buffalo. She was arraigned in the Town of Brant Court and held on $2,500 bail. She has also been detained by federal authorities for an incident that occurred in Dunkirk in February.
The 16-year-old male was questioned, processed and released on an appearance ticket for the Town of Brant Court. Both face charges of giving a false written statement, obstruction governmental administration and conspiracy. Mann was also charged with failure to yield the right of way and unlicensed operation.
Mann was charged in February when Dunkirk Police and parole officers searched her residence on Columbus Avenue in search of her then boyfriend, Christopher M. Marcinkowski. Officers found a weapon as well as a marijuana growing operation and cocaine. Mann was charged with various weapon- and drug-related crimes and endangering the welfare of a child due to the search and seizure being present.