The son of real estate developer Carl Paladino was critically injured in a one-vehicle accident on Grand Island early Saturday morning, officials said.
Patrick Paladino, 29, of Buffalo, was driving a black SUV at about 1:20 a.m. on South Parkway, just outside the entrance to Beaver Island State Park.
Paladino was traveling west in the eastbound lane, when he failed to negotiate a turn in the road and lost control of the vehicle, according to the Erie County Sheriff's Office.
The SUV became airborne, traveling across the Beaver Island traffic circle, and overturned several times, sheriff's deputies and Grand Island Fire Company officials said. The vehicle sheared off a tree in the process.
Paladino was ejected from the SUV and thrown about 100 feet.
Paladino was transported by Mercy Flight to Erie County Medical Center, where doctors listed him in critical condition.
There were no passengers in Paladino's SUV, and no other vehicles were believed to have been involved in the accident, officials said.
Patrick Paladino is one of three children of Carl Paladino, founder of Ellicott Development, which manages more than 2 million square feet of office, retail and residential space, and is the largest private landlord in downtown.
Carl Paladino is also publicly known as an outspoken critic, who has taken on everything from City Hall to the Thruway Authority to Buffalo schools.