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Canadian man is victim in Thruway accident

The victim of Tuesday afternoon's fatal accident that closed a westbound portion of the Thruway near Dunkirk for nearly five hours has been identified by state police investigators as Jean Francois Lemieux of Charlesbourg, Quebec.

Police said Lemieux, 41, a tractor-trailer driver, apparently struck a car shortly before 1 p.m. just past the Dunkirk interchange.

He stopped his rig about two-tenths of a mile down the highway and was struck down by another tractor-trailer while he was walking in a lane of traffic back toward the initial accident scene, according to State Police Investigator John McCusker.

There were no injuries in the initial collision between Lemieux's truck and the car.

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Ashville woman hurt in two-car collision

POLAND -- A young Ashville woman was treated Thursday for serious injuries sustained in a collision Wednesday afternoon, State Police in Jamestown report.

Kylie L. Pavolko, 18, who was traveling with two passengers, attempted to make a U-turn in the intersection of Falconer-Frewsburg and Quaint roads about 3 p.m. and was struck by a vehicle operated by Donald L. Johnson, 42, of Kennedy, police said.

Police said Johnson swerved to the left in an attempt to avoid Pavolko's vehicle but was unable to stop.

The Pavolko vehicle rolled over several times before coming to rest in a ditch. She was taken by helicopter to Hamot Medical Center in Erie, Pa.

The passengers in her car were taken to WCA Hospital in Jamestown with minor injuries.

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Police officer's son cleared in shooting case

An Erie County Court jury Thursday evening cleared the son of a Buffalo police officer of attempted murder, assault and weapons charges in connection with a shooting last Dec. 2.

The jury deliberated for two hours before returning not guilty verdicts for Anthony Douglas, 28, of Humboldt Parkway, following a three-day trial before County Judge Timothy J. Drury.

Douglas, who had been free on bail, was charged with shooting Orlando Tate, 37, of North Parade Avenue, in the cheek during a struggle outside a friend's Elmer Avenue flat.

Tate testified that he went to the flat to confront Douglas after his prostitute girlfriend told him Douglas had beaten up her girlfriend. Douglas testified that he fought with Tate because he thought Tate was trying take money he had for Christmas presents.

In closing arguments, Andrew C. LoTempio, Douglas' attorney, told the jury the only reason Douglas was charged in the case was because he made the mistake of fleeing so that Tate, who had collapsed in front of the Elmer Avenue house, was the first one to tell police what happened.

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Darien man killed in Corvette crash

CORFU -- A Darien man died early Thursday after crashing his Corvette on Snipery Road in Corfu, State Police reported.

Michael Konfederath, 24, was apparently driving south on Snipery Road at a high rate of speed when he went off the shoulder and hit a culvert. The car went airborne for about 40 feet and hit trees about 10 feet above the ground, police said.

A Snipery Road resident saw debris and vehicle parts near his driveway before finding the smashed vehicle under heavy shrubbery and calling police. Konfederath's body was found inside the car.

The body was taken to the Monroe County Medical Examiner's office for autopsy.

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