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3 of 5 people charged in connection with deadly N. Syracuse hit-and-run indicted

Vontelle Sparks, Ashley Cuozzo, and Michelle Livingston (New York State Police)

Three of the five people facing charges in connection to a hit-and-run that killed 27-year-old Larry Maturo on June 11, have been indicted.

Vontelle Sparks, Ashley Cuozzo, and Michelle Livingston were indicted in Onondaga County Court Friday.

Vontelle Sparks was indicted on charges of:

  • Leaving the scene of an incident without reporting
  • Driving unsafely on roadways lanes for traffic
  • Aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the third degree
  • Operating a motor vehicle while in an intoxicated condition
  • Vehicular manslaughter in the second
  • Conspiracy fifth degree
  • Criminal contempt in the second degree

Ashley Cuzzo, identified by state police as Sparks' girlfriend, was indicted on charges of tampering with physical evidence and conspiracy.

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Michelle Livingston, who was identified by state police as Cuozzo's mother, was also indicted on charges of tampering with physical evidence, conspiracy, and falsely reporting an incident.

On July 11, Maturo and his bicycle were found by a passerby and a trooper in the Town of Clay just outside the village of North Syracuse within moments of the collision at about 6:30 a.m. The passerby told state police they saw debris fly into the air from the collision. Troopers say Maturo was heading home from Planet Fitness and was just .2 miles away when he was struck.

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According to court documents obtained by CNYCentral, Sparks hasn't had a valid license for some time.

  • March 2018: Pulled over in the Town of Clay for speeding and charged with being an unlicensed driver.
  • May 2017: Charged with being an unlicensed driver after being pulled over for a tail light violation.
  • Four months later: Pulled over in Syracuse and charged with being an unlicensed driver.
  • August 2009: Pulled over on Onondaga Lake Parkway and charged with being an unlicensed driver as well.

The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles said of all the charges listed above he was convicted on three of those.

Two other people face charges related to the deadly hit and run:

  • Sylvester Livingston, 54, of Jamesville - identified by state police as Cuozzo's father - faces a charge of Falsely Reporting an Incident.
  • Lakeya Sparks, 39, of Syracuse - identified as Sparks' sister - faces charges of Tampering with Physical Evidence and Conspiracy.
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