Residents Evacuated on Courtland Ave. After Gas Leak – WGRZ

Residents Evacuated on Courtland Ave. After Gas Leak WGRZ

Firefighters Hurt in Accident – WGRZ

A Buffalo Fire truck was involved in an accident while headed to a call Thursday night.

Fire engine collides with car in Buffalo

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Six people, including four Buffalo firefighters, were injured during a rush hour crash in the city.

Buffalo Fire Commissioner Garnell Whitfield tells News 4 that the crew of Engine 35 was heading to an accident on I-190 when their truck collided with a car at Clinton and Bailey Avenue.

“Coming out of quarters here, they hit the intersection [and] were impacted by a civilian vehicle. We have extensive damage to both vehicles. No life threatening injuries at this time,” the commissioner said.

Two people in the car and four firefighters were taken to the hospital for treatment.

Police are investigating the crash.

Officer Involved Accident on Kensington Expressway – WKBW

March 13, 2014

Updated Mar 13, 2014 at 11:41 AM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW-TV) – Buffalo Police are investigating an officer involved accident that closed a portion of the Kensington Expressway this morning.

Police tell us the two-car crash happened shortly after 10 this morning. Two officers were transported to ECMC for treatment. There is no word on the condition of the officers.

A third car became involved in the crash when they tried to avoid the original accident.

The westbound Kensington was closed for about an hour from Grider Street to the 198 split. The expressway has since reopened.

Two Buffalo police officers hurt in Kensington Expressway accident

Two Buffalo police officers suffered injuries just after 10 a.m. today when their patrol vehicle was involved in an accident with a second car on the westbound Kensington Expressway near the Grider Street overpass.

The Northeast District officers were transported to Erie County Medical Center to be examined, according to police spokesman Michael J. DeGeorge.

For a short time, the entrance way onto the nearby westbound Scajaquada Expressway from the Kensington was shut down, but has since reopened, DeGeorge said.

In addition, another crash this morning on the Scajaquada resulted in the closure of the westbound entrance ramp at Nottingham Terrace, near Delaware Avenue. Authorities said there did not appear to be serious injuries in that accident.

email: lmichel@buffnews.com

Accident at SXSW Festival kills two

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The yearly South by Southwest Festival (SXSW) – the music industry’s equivalent of the Olympics, basically, with bands from around the world convening on Austin, Texas for a week’s worth of industry showcases, concert events, and club crawls – got underway on Tuesday. Early Thursday morning, a speeding vehicle being pursued by police struck pedestrians in front of a club called The Mohawk, killing two and injuring 23 others. 

According to the Chicago Tribune, “The crash was visible to blocks of concertgoers, and images of the bloody scene quickly spread through social media”. 

The car, whose owner fled after being stopped at a gas station on supsicion of driving under the influence, slammed into a crowd of club goers, hit a moped with two riders – both of whom were killed – and then proceeded on, before smashing into a taxi. The driver then fled on foot, and was apprehended by police shortly thereafter.

A large contingent of Western New Yorkers heads to SXSW every year. According to several Facebook posts early Thursday morning, “none of the Buffalo continget” were on the scene at the time of the accident, and none were among the injured. We will share more details as they become available.

- Jeff Miers  

 

Ohio man killed in Buffalo Township rollover accident

An Ohio man was killed in an accident on Interstate 70 in Buffalo Township late Thursday night.

Officials said the man was traveling eastbound when he lost control of his SUV and flipped into the westbound lane.

The Washington County coroner identified the victim as 29-year-old Scott Schuetz. Officials said he was traveling eastbound when he lost control of his SUV and flipped into the westbound lane.

Investigators said Schuetz was thrown from the car and died at the scene.

Interstate 70 reopened around 4:40 a.m.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation. 

Painstaking probe leads to arrest of driver in hit-and-run that may leave teen …

Sixteen-year-old Devaughn Moore was making his way home after filling out a job application to work in a coffee shop at Erie County Medical Center when a car struck him on Main Street in the Parkside neighborhood.

The driver sped away, leaving Devaughn crumpled on the road with a critical head injury. Tuesday, nearly five weeks later, he was released from Women Children’s Hospital and is now learning how to walk again.

Wednesday, Buffalo city accident investigators arrested Kevin A. Ford, a 23-year-old city garbage collector on disability, and charged him with leaving the scene of a serious physical injury accident and falsely reporting the car involved in the accident as having been stolen.

The car, which belongs to Ford’s fiancée, Amherst resident Taylor Brown, was driven to a field off Ninth Street in Niagara Falls and set on fire hours after the hit-and-run accident on the night of Feb. 3, police said.

When Niagara Falls police responded to the car fire, it was not known that the vehicle was being sought in the accident, which occurred shortly after 7:30 p.m. on Main near Morris Avenue.

It would take an extensive investigation by three police agencies before Ford was confronted with the evidence and tearfully confessed that he was the driver who had fled after striking the Lafayette High School student as he walked across Main.

The key piece of evidence was the shell of a shattered gray rear-view mirror recovered from the scene, according to Lt. Thomas J. Leatherbarrow, commander of the city’s Accident Investigation Unit.

Senior Accident Investigator Martin Forero and Accident Investigators Keith S. LaFalce and Santos V. Diaz sought assistance from Amherst Senior Accident Investigator Scott A. Lawida, who is regarded as an area expert in broken auto parts recovered from hit-and-run accident scenes.

Lawida determined that the mirror was from the passenger side of a 2006 Chevy Impala. Police then searched the state Department of Motor Vehicles’ computer database and came up with more than 500 cars that fit that description in Erie County.

The accident investigators then set to work visiting the addresses of where the cars were registered, each time inspecting the vehicles for damage and a replacement side view mirror.

“We went door to door throughout the county inspecting cars for damage,” Forero said Thursday. “It was a process of elimination.”

Amherst Senior Accident Investigator Bob McMahon caught a break when he and LaFalce were heading over to an address on the 100 block of Princeton Avenue in the town and near the Buffalo border. McMahon ran a license plate check on the vehicle and a report came back that it had been reported stolen the same night as the accident.

Ford had told city police at the Central District Station downtown that his fiancée’s car had been stolen.

When McMahon and LaFalce arrived at the Princeton Avenue address, they spoke with Brown, who informed them that Ford usually drove the car.

The investigation was now hitting high gear. Police learned that on the night of the crash, Ford was scheduled to attend psychology classes at D’Youville College on the city’s West Side. The torched car was located at an insurance impound yard and it was determined that not only was the passenger side rear-view mirror missing, but that there was damage to the right front fender.

With evidence pointing to Ford, LaFalce and Diaz went to his home on Princeton and brought him to Buffalo Police Headquarters for questioning, according to police officials.

As the interview progressed, Ford, who also claimed to have a Buffalo residence, confessed that he was the driver and began sobbing uncontrollably, police said.

The investigation is not over. Charges of insurance fraud for filing a false claim of a stolen car and arson also are being considered.

In addition to Buffalo and Amherst accident investigators, Niagara Falls Detective Bill Smith and Erie County District Attorney investigators supervised by Assistant District Attorney Kelley Omel are continuing the probe.

Jed Dietrich, the attorney representing Devaughn, pointed out that under state law, Ford’s fiancée could face penalties because she owns the vehicle.

“The owner of the car is responsible for the negligence of the driver of the vehicle,” Dietrich said, adding that he plans to take “all steps necessary to preserve” his client’s rights for a civil lawsuit.

“Devaughn’s family wants to personally express their gratitude to all of the police agencies that diligently investigated and brought this matter to this stage,” Dietrich said.

Devaughn’s mother, Rasheena Sturgis, said her son had gone to the Tim Hortons coffee shop in the lobby of ECMC to apply for a job and was on his way home when the accident occurred.

“He’s very independent and wanted his own money and he wanted to help me because I’m a single parent,” Sturgis said.

Now her son faces a long road in rebuilding his independence. Sturgis also said she is grateful to the medical staff who treated her son at Women Childrens Hospital.

How long her son’s physical rehabilitation will take, Sturgis said, is unknown. “He’s still working on learning how to walk,” she said.

Ford is scheduled to appear in Buffalo City Court on Thursday.

email: lmichel@buffnews.com

Driver charged in hit-and-run that may leave teen disabled

Sixteen-year-old Devaughn Moore was making his way home after filling out a job application to work in a coffee shop at Erie County Medical Center when a car struck him on Main Street in the Parkside neighborhood.

The driver sped away, leaving Devaughn crumpled on the road with a critical head injury. Tuesday, nearly five weeks later, he was released from Women Children’s Hospital and is now learning how to walk again.

Wednesday, Buffalo city accident investigators arrested Kevin A. Ford, a 23-year-old city garbage collector on disability, and charged him with leaving the scene of a serious physical injury accident and falsely reporting the car involved in the accident as having been stolen.

The car, which belongs to Ford’s fiancée, Amherst resident Taylor Brown, was driven to a field off Ninth Street in Niagara Falls and set on fire hours after the hit-and-run accident on the night of Feb. 3, police said.

When Niagara Falls police responded to the car fire, it was not known that the vehicle was being sought in the accident, which occurred shortly after 7:30 p.m. on Main near Morris Avenue.

It would take an extensive investigation by three police agencies before Ford was confronted with the evidence and tearfully confessed that he was the driver who had fled after striking the Lafayette High School student as he walked across Main.

The key piece of evidence was the shell of a shattered gray rear-view mirror recovered from the scene, according to Lt. Thomas J. Leatherbarrow, commander of the city’s Accident Investigation Unit.

Senior Accident Investigator Martin Forero and Accident Investigators Keith S. LaFalce and Santos V. Diaz sought assistance from Amherst Senior Accident Investigator Scott A. Lawida, who is regarded as an area expert in broken auto parts recovered from hit-and-run accident scenes.

Lawida determined that the mirror was from the passenger side of a 2006 Chevy Impala. Police then searched the state Department of Motor Vehicles’ computer database and came up with more than 500 cars that fit that description in Erie County.

The accident investigators then set to work visiting the addresses of where the cars were registered, each time inspecting the vehicles for damage and a replacement side view mirror.

“We went door to door throughout the county inspecting cars for damage,” Forero said Thursday. “It was a process of elimination.”

Amherst Senior Accident Investigator Bob McMahon caught a break when he and LaFalce were heading over to an address on the 100 block of Princeton Avenue in the town and near the Buffalo border. McMahon ran a license plate check on the vehicle and a report came back that it had been reported stolen the same night as the accident.

Ford had told city police at the Central District Station downtown that his fiancée’s car had been stolen.

When McMahon and LaFalce arrived at the Princeton Avenue address, they spoke with Brown, who informed them that Ford usually drove the car.

The investigation was now hitting high gear. Police learned that on the night of the crash, Ford was scheduled to attend psychology classes at D’Youville College on the city’s West Side. The torched car was located at an insurance impound yard and it was determined that not only was the passenger side rear-view mirror missing, but that there was damage to the right front fender.

With evidence pointing to Ford, LaFalce and Diaz went to his home on Princeton and brought him to Buffalo Police Headquarters for questioning, according to police officials.

As the interview progressed, Ford, who also claimed to have a Buffalo residence, confessed that he was the driver and began sobbing uncontrollably, police said.

The investigation is not over. Charges of insurance fraud for filing a false claim of a stolen car and arson also are being considered.

In addition to Buffalo and Amherst accident investigators, Niagara Falls Detective Bill Smith and Erie County District Attorney investigators supervised by Assistant District Attorney Kelley Omel are continuing the probe.

Jed Dietrich, the attorney representing Devaughn, pointed out that under state law, Ford’s fiancée could face penalties because she owns the vehicle.

“The owner of the car is responsible for the negligence of the driver of the vehicle,” Dietrich said, adding that he plans to take “all steps necessary to preserve” his client’s rights for a civil lawsuit.

“Devaughn’s family wants to personally express their gratitude to all of the police agencies that diligently investigated and brought this matter to this stage,” Dietrich said.

Devaughn’s mother, Rasheena Sturgis, said her son had gone to the Tim Hortons coffee shop in the lobby of ECMC to apply for a job and was on his way home when the accident occurred.

“He’s very independent and wanted his own money and he wanted to help me because I’m a single parent,” Sturgis said.

Now her son faces a long road in rebuilding his independence. Sturgis also said she is grateful to the medical staff who treated her son at Women Childrens Hospital.

How long her son’s physical rehabilitation will take, Sturgis said, is unknown. “He’s still working on learning how to walk,” she said.

Ford is scheduled to appear in Buffalo City Court on Thursday.

email: lmichel@buffnews.com

Driver injured in roll-over

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