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Drivers face charges after crashes kill one motorcyclist, injure another

Two motorists are facing charges following weekend accidents in which one motorcyclist was killed and another severely injured, police agencies reported.

A Pendleton teenager is charged with failing to yield the right of way after she turned in front of a motorcyclist late Friday. He was fatally injured when thrown from his bike.

And a 26-year-old Springville man is charged with driving while intoxicated after his pickup and a motorcycle collided Saturday in North Collins.

The fatal accident occurred at 9:30 p.m. near Main Road and Campbell Boulevard in Pendleton, the Niagara County Sheriff's Office reported.

Martin M. Crowley, 33, was northbound on his motorcycle when a southbound vehicle driven by Regina Harville made a left turn to enter Kenyon's Variety at 6470 Campbell, Sheriff's Capt. Michael Filicetti said.

Crowley was thrown from his motorcycle and struck the front bumper of another southbound vehicle, Filicetti said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Harville told investigators she didn't see Crowley's motorcycle.

She is charged with failure to yield and a restricted license violation, possibly because she is 16 -- not 17, as initially reported -- and was driving after 9 p.m., Filicetti said.

He added that investigators had confiscated Harville's cell phone and were trying to determine whether she was talking on the phone or texting at the time of the crash.

In the other collision, Daniel Gallaway collided with a pickup at 4:40 a.m. Saturday on Boston Road in North Collins, the Erie County Sheriff's Office reported.

An investigation initially led sheriff's officials to say that Gallaway was hugging the center of the road and the truck, traveling in the opposite direction, crossed into his path.

But Sgt. Joseph Belden of the Traffic Division said Tuesday the rural, two-lane road has no center line, so determining whether the truck went into the motorcyclist's lane was difficult.

Both vehicles were close to the center of the road, which curved at the point of the crash.

Corey Furl, the pickup driver, was charged with driving while intoxicated.

Gallaway, 43, of Eden, suffered a serious left leg injury and remained in fair condition Tuesday in Erie County Medical Center.

Also Tuesday, the medical center downgraded the condition of James F. Boyer Jr. to critical.

Boyer, 51, of Gasport, was thrown from his motorcycle Sunday when he struck a deer in Hartland.

He had been listed in critical condition Sunday but was upgraded to serious Monday.

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