A 2-year-old Lockport girl was fatally injured Monday in one of four separate vehicular accidents that also hospitalized a Chautauqua County girl and a woman and a boy in Niagara County.
Tiffany Boots, the 2-year-old girl, suffered fatal injuries in a bizarre accident at 1:15 p.m. when she was run over by a pickup truck while playing in a sandbox in her backyard at 321 Washburn St., police said.
Tiffany was first taken to Lockport Memorial Hospital before she was transferred by MercyFlight to Children's Hospital in Buffalo where she died at 4:14 p.m.
Officer Michael Latta, who investigated the accident, said that Raymond Rutherford Jr., 41, of 6030 Crosby Road, parked the truck in the driveway of the house where he was visiting. The truck was left in gear with the keys in the ignition, Latta said.
An 8-year-old boy, whose name police did not release, climbed into the truck to play the radio, Latta said. The boy accidentally started the engine, Latta said, and the truck jolted forward and into the yard, running over Tiffany who was playing in the sandbox.
Police said an investigation is continuing.
Car injures girl; driver cited
A 6-year-old girl was seriously injured when she was struck by an auto shortly before 4 p.m. Monday while attempting to cross Route 426 near Findley Lake in the Chautauqua County Town of Mina, state police said.
Katelyn Ellison, of Elm Street, Westfield, was taken by Star Flight to St. Vincent's Hospital in Erie, Pa., where she was listed in serious condition with multiple injuries.
State police charged Todd A. Bush, 20, of Wilson Road, North East, Pa., the driver, with unreasonable speed.
Boy on all-terrain vehicle hurt
In Wheatfield, a 9-year-old boy was seriously injured after he was thrown 20 feet from an all-terrain vehicle when it struck a ditch behind 2731 Lockport St. at 7:30 p.m. James Furey of 2726 Pierce Ave. was treated in Mount St. Mary's Hospital, Lewiston for head injuries and then transferred to Children's Hospital in Buffalo.
Deputy Kevin Mack of the Niagara County Sheriff's Department said the driver of the ATV, Thomas A. Milleville, 29, of 2731 Lockport Road, was treated in Mount St. Mary's Hospital. Mack said he was issued a summons for operating an unregistered vehicle.
Driver is in serious condition
Cheryl Vancott, 38, of 1562 Van Buren St., Olcott, suffered multiple injuries at 7:03 p.m. Monday when her vehicle went out of control and struck a house at 236 Harbor St., Wilson. She was treated in Newfane Intercommunity Memorial Hospital, where she was listed in serious condition before being transferred by Mercy Flight to the Erie County Medical Center.
Capt. Anthony Berak and Deputy Kevin Ketch of the Niagara County Sheriff's Department said her vehicle was eastbound on Lake Road when it went out of control and into a ditch at the intersection before striking the home of Walter Hutchison.