A car bringing a group of teenagers home from an evening in Canada early Sunday rounded a curve too fast and overturned, killing the driver and critically injuring his passenger, police report.
The crash occurred on the eastbound Robert Moses Parkway, just beyond the Grand Island Bridge underpass. Police said the black Mitsubishi Eclipse fishtailed on a curve, went down an embankment and struck a tree before flipping onto its roof in the parking lot of the former Century Club in the 6600 block of Buffalo Avenue.
Pronounced dead at the scene was the driver, David C. Broussard, 19, of Burch Road, Ransomville. An autopsy will be performed this morning, said Niagara County Medical Examiner James Joyce.
The unidentified passenger was transferred to Erie County Medical Center, Buffalo, and was reported to be in critical condition, according to a police spokesman.
Officer Patrick Mayer said he responded to the scene at 2:52 a.m. and found six people, ages 17 to 20, surrounding the overturned car and yelling for help. Mayer said he saw one of the victims beneath the car, surrounded by blood.
Joyce said Broussard had been in Canada with friends, having pizza, and that the group decided to head for the Denny's restaurant on Niagara Falls Boulevard before going home for the evening.
One of the witnesses, traveling in a car behind Broussard, told police Broussard took a looping curve at a high rate of speed and lost control before plunging over the embankment.
Joyce said it was unknown whether alcohol was a factor in the crash, and that toxicology tests would probably not be available for several weeks. The Niagara Falls Police crash management team also is investigating.