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DRIVER WHO STRUCK OFFICER ON YOUNGMANN IS CHARGED

The man who hit and seriously injured a 33-year-old Amherst police officer has been charged with several traffic violations.

Mark W. Cashion, 22, of Oliver Street, North Tonawanda, was charged with reckless driving, failure to use due care and failing to notify the state Department of Motor Vehicles that he had changed his address. Cashion also was cited for failing to provide reasonable driving vision because his windshield wipers were not working and for failure to slow down when he saw there was an accident.

Officer Daniel Lubick was investigating a two-vehicle accident on the Youngmann Highway, just east of Niagara Falls Boulevard, last week when he was hit by the car Cashion was driving.

Lubick, who has been on the force for about 10 years, was taken to Erie County Medical Center with a compound leg fracture. He remains in the hospital and faces more surgery.

Cashion is scheduled to appear in Amherst Town Court on Feb. 14 to answer the traffic violations.

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