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Driver killed, second charged Pearl Street collision results in injury to passenger, drug count against woman

Police are searching for answers to a two-car crash downtown Saturday morning that killed one driver, and left another under arrest for driving under the influence of drugs.

The victim was identified as Dekaito Chambley, 48, of West Chippewa Street.

A 61-year-old passenger in Chambley's vehicle was in Erie County Medical Center on Saturday with serious injuries, according to Buffalo police. Police did not release his name pending notification of family members.

The driver of the other vehicle, Kathleen M. Antoncich, 40, was arrested on charges of driving under the influence of drugs.

"They're running tests to see what kind of drugs," said Michael DeGeorge, Buffalo police spokesman.

Antoncich suffered no serious injuries, DeGeorge said.

Chambley's Chevrolet and Antoncich's Jeep Liberty collided shortly after 10 a.m. Saturday at Pearl and West Huron streets, in front of the Hyatt Regency, police said.

Chambley's vehicle ended up on the curb where the hotel's U-shaped driveway exits onto Pearl Street. The Liberty, its front end nearly demolished, was a few feet away on Pearl Street, pointed northbound on what is a southbound-only street.

Police at the scene said they still weren't sure what exactly happened.

"They have no idea at this point exactly what happened, because there were no witnesses," DeGeorge said.

Witnesses to the crash are urged to contact the Buffalo Police Department's Accident Investigation Unit at 851-4537.

This the second traffic fatality downtown in as many days.

Suellen Sicchia, 50, of Niagara Street, was fatally struck by a Metro Bus while crossing Church Street, near the Main Place Mall on Friday afternoon.

e-mail: jrey@buffnews.com

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