A 67-year-old woman was killed and her landlady seriously injured late Friday when their car was broadsided by a man charged with drunken driving, police said.
Alberta McDermott of 2261 Woodlawn Ave. died in Mount St. Mary's Hospital, Town of Lewiston, shortly after 11 p.m. Friday, following the 10:30 accident at Hyde Park Boulevard and Lockport Road.
Her passenger, Laura Corsaro, 81, of the same address, was admitted to the hospital, where she was listed in stable condition and is being treated for rib fractures and possible internal injuries.
Niagara County Coroner Kenneth Sherrie ordered an autopsy at DeGraff Memorial Hospital, North Tonawanda, for Mrs. McDermott, who suffered apparent internal injuries.
Traffic Capt. James Gray and Officer John Zaccarella said they charged the other driver, Gerald McCollum, 35, of 4176 Willow Road, Wilson, with driving while intoxicated. He was given a blood test at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center.
Mrs. McDermott and Miss Corsaro were returning from a bingo game at Niagara Active Hose Company.
Gray said Mrs. McDermott was driving west and had stopped for a red light at Hyde Park Boulevard. When the light turned green, she proceeded into the intersection, and her car was struck broadside by the McCollum car, which was traveling north, he said.
Niagara County District Attorney Peter Broderick said Saturday McCollum could face more serious charges.
"We will continue the investigation and await results of the blood test, but in all likelihood, the matter will be referred to the grand jury," he said. Police identified McCollum as a truck driver.
Mrs. McDermott was the widow of James Patrick McDermott. She had worked as a clerk in the Jenss store at the Summit Mall.
She is survived by three daughters, Scharlene McPhail of Oneonta, Mary Bruns of Lewiston and Catherine Civisca; three sons, James P. Jr. of Charlotte, N.C., the Rev. Christopher of London and Joseph; four sisters, Lucille Nichols of Youngstown, Jane Kilcoyne of Hagerstown, Md., Patricia Abel and Ann DesPres; a brother, Paul Moore of North Tonawanda; 21 grandchildren, and a great-grandchild.