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Saturday, August 31, 2013

'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Opponent
Killed in Rochester Car Crash

A Chautauqua County National Guardsman who was an outspoken opponent of the military’s “Don’t ask, don’t tell” policy was killed in a car crash in Rochester.

36-year-old Darren Manzella died after he was hit by an SUV while pushing a car on Interstate 490. Thursday night. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Manzella was a graduate of Brocton Central School and West Virginia University and an Iraq War veteran.

In December of 2007 while serving in Iraq Manzella appeared on “60 Minutes” and talked about his opposition to “Don’t ask, don’t tell.” In June of 2008 he was discharged for “homosexual admission,” which was prohibited then, but isn't now.

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