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TESTS SHOW DRIVER IN FATALITY WAS DRUNK

A North Buffalo woman who died in a crash that also killed another driver just off the Skyway last week had a blood-alcohol level more than twice the legal limit, authorities said.

Christine Mills, 48, of Burke Drive, had been drinking and quarreling with her boyfriend in a downtown nightclub before she left the establishment and drove the wrong way over the Skyway, police said Wednesday.

Mills' station wagon collided head-on with a car driven by 20-year-old Anthony G. Wisiorek at 9:30 p.m. Feb. 13.

"People were flashing their headlights at Mills, but she kept going the wrong way, and when the crash occurred, Mills' speedometer froze at 67 mph because of the impact," said Lt. Robert J. Penders, commander of the Buffalo Police Department's Accident Investigation Unit.

Police believe Mills drove the wrong way onto the Church Street exit ramp connecting to the Skyway, then headed south on the Skyway's northbound lanes.

Wisiorek and his passenger were driving to a coffeehouse in downtown Buffalo.

Christina Kish, the passenger in Wisiorek's car, suffered severe leg injuries, but the 19-year-old Hamburg woman's condition has improved from critical to fair in Erie County Medical Center.

Wisiorek's death ended a life that was devoted to helping others, his relatives said.

The young Angola man had worked as a maintenance employee in the Autumn View Health Care Facility in Hamburg since he was 14 years old and was known for helping the patients.

"He would put down his mop and tie the shoelaces of patients, or he would push their wheelchairs if they needed a hand," said Denise Villani, Anthony's maternal aunt.

A 1999 graduate of St. Francis Catholic High School in Athol Springs, Wisiorek recently began pursuing a college degree in engineering at Seneca Vocational School.

At his funeral last weekend, hundreds of people, including many young people, paid their respects.

"He was a gentle, quiet person, but in contrast to that spirit he liked the rock band Metallica, and as a tribute, the band's music was played at the wake to help the young people deal with the loss," Villani said.

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