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MAN HURT IN CRASH OF STOLEN CAR, FACES SEVERAL CHARGES

A 36-year-old man was injured early Christmas morning when the reportedly stolen car he was driving overturned as he tried to pass another vehicle on icy Walmore Road, Sheriff's Deputy Gerald Granto said.

He also was arrested on six charges and faces a possible drunken-driving charge, Granto said.

Clifford S. Crogan, 36, of Niagara Falls Boulevard was flown from the scene to Erie County Medical Center, Buffalo, by Mercy Flight after Bergholz volunteer firefighters cut him free from the car. He was in fair condition Saturday with possible abdominal injuries, a hospital official said.

Crogan was charged with fourth-degree grand larceny, reckless driving, following too closely, driving at an unreasonable speed, unsafe passing and leaving the pavement to pass on the right, Granto said.

He said the investigation is continuing and additional charges, including a possible drunken-driving charge, are pending.

The accident occurred at 1:24 a.m. when Crogan, driving a car reported stolen from Pine Avenue in Niagara Falls earlier that night, tried to pass another vehicle on Walmore Road just south of Lockport Road, Granto said.

The deputy said Crogan drove up behind a northbound car driven by Janet L. Colosi of Crestview Drive, Town of Niagara, at a speed too high for the icy road conditions. He attempted to pass Colosi on the right, lost control of the car and overturned.

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