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>Driver admits drug use in traffic fatality

An Amherst man admitted being under the influence of cocaine and marijuana when he killed a Buffalo woman in a two-car crash last summer.

Robert Endler, 29, of Sprucewood Drive, pleaded guilty before Erie County Judge Shirley Troutman to charges of second-degree vehicular manslaughter and driving while his ability was impaired by drugs.

Prosecutor Jeffrey Hagen said Endler caused the death of Tina McCarthy, 43, in the crash at Eggert Road and Niagara Falls Boulevard in Amherst about 3:45 p.m. Aug. 15.

Endler was allowed to remain free on $15,000 bail pending his April 11 sentencing. He faces a prison term of up to seven years.


>North Tonawanda man killed in highway crash

YORK, Pa. -- A chain-reaction crash involving several tractor-trailers and other vehicles on a slick highway early Monday killed a North Tonawanda man, Pennsylvania state police said.

State police identified the victim as Robert Semple, 52.

Investigators were trying to determine if an icy roadway was to blame.

"At a minimum, the roads were wet," said State Police Lt. Pat Gebhart. "There could have been icy spots."

Less than an inch of snow fell across the southern half of the state in sporadic flurries Sunday night and early Monday morning, causing scattered school delays from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh.

The fatal crash occurred at about 2:15 a.m. in the southbound lanes of Interstate 83 in Conewago Township, York County, about 15 miles south of Harrisburg, police said.

A driver, Christy Sims, told the York Dispatch her tractor-trailer slipped on ice when she tried to stop.

"I went to put on my brakes and went into the ditch," Sims said.

The accident shut down the highway in both directions, county emergency-services officials said.

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