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Partyer's alleged DWI is cause of crash, injury

A 16-year-old girl suffered a minor head injury in a three-car crash caused by an alleged drunken Buffalo driver who told authorities she had been out belatedly celebrating St. Patrick's Day on Sunday.

The blood-alcohol content for Deidre J. Damico, 21, of the 200 block of Summer Street, was measured at 0.28 percent, which is 3 1/2 times the legal threshold for driving while intoxicated, police said.

Dressed in green and wearing green beads when she was arrested, Damico told Northwest District Officer Michael P. Laun she had been drinking the entire day, including at a Hertel Avenue bar, prior to the crash at about 7:30 p.m. in the 1400 block of Hertel, according to authorities.

Damico crashed her car into a vehicle, causing that car to strike another vehicle, police said.

Simone Kreiger, 16, was seated in the back seat of the middle vehicle. She was taken to Erie County Medical Center and treated for a head wound before being released.

Damico was charged with felony second-degree vehicular assault and misdemeanor aggravated driving while intoxicated. An investigation into the crash was continuing by members of the Accident Investigation Unit, commanded by Lt. Joseph K. Pierchala.

Earlier Sunday at the St. Patrick's Day Parade in downtown Buffalo, police said, a Southtowns high school student whose right arm is in a cast attacked another youth at Delaware Avenue and Allen Street, using the cast as a weapon.

The blow from the cast was so fierce, police said, that it knocked the victim unconscious and caused fractures to his nose and right eye socket. Treatment for the injuries was given at Women & Children's Hospital.

An arrest has not yet been made, according to police, who said they are continuing to investigate the attack.

In addition to Damico, city officers arrested five other people after the parade. Four were charged with disorderly conduct, police said, and the fifth was arrested on an assault charge at about 9 p.m. after a fight on Chippewa Street.

Police estimated the number of parade-watchers at 100,000, making it one of the largest crowds in the event's history.

e-mail: lmichel@buffnews.com

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