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Two teens hit by vehicle outside Amherst hospital

Two teenage girls were injured -- one critically -- after being struck by a vehicle Saturday evening on Maple Road in Amherst, police said.

Details were sketchy late Saturday night, but one of the teenagers was listed in critical condition while the other was in serious, but stable condition, according to police.

The incident happened at about 7:20 p.m. Saturday on Maple, near Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital. One of the girls was taken to Erie County Medical Center and the other to Women and Children's Hospital, a police official said.


Tonawanda motorcyclist critically hurt in crash

A City of Tonawanda motorcyclist charged with driving while intoxicated was listed in critical condition Saturday in Erie County Medical Center following an overnight accident in Amherst, police said.

David A. Massaro, 55, was found unresponsive, several feet from his motorcycle in the 1700 block of Tonawanda Creek Road, police said. Investigators believe Massaro hit something in the road and crashed.


Crash closes Youngmann near Niagara Falls Blvd.

A busy stretch of the Youngmann Expressway was closed for several hours Saturday following an overnight crash.

The crash occurred at about 1:45 a.m. on the westbound Youngmann, near the Niagara Falls Boulevard exit ramp, Amherst police said.

A 2010 Dodge was traveling west when the vehicle was rear-ended, forcing it off the highway and into a utility pole near Niagara Falls Boulevard, said Lt. Patrick Lucey.

No serious injuries were reported, but the collision caused wires to come down, cutting power in the immediate vicinity.

The downed pole and wires forced the closing of the southbound I-990 to the westbound Youngmann at Niagara Falls Boulevard. This stretch of roadway was reopened at about 2:15 p.m. Saturday, when the power company restored the utility pole and wires, Lucey said.

Meanwhile, the driver of the car that hit the pole then kept driving and was found later in another section of Amherst following a single-car crash.

Mary Wasinger, 49, of the Town of Tonawanda, was charged with leaving the scene of a property damage accident, imprudent speed and following too closely, Lucey said.


70 at concert charged with underage drinking

DARIEN -- Ten people were arrested and more than 80 were given summonses during the Drake concert Friday night at Darien Lake Performing Arts Center, the Genesee County Sheriff's Office said Saturday.

Charges included public lewdness, disorderly conduct, trespassing and resisting arrest.

Of the 84 tickets that were issued, 70 were for underage drinking.


Crash in Sheldon yields arrest for felony DWI

SHELDON -- A Delevan man has been charged with felony driving while intoxicated after crashing his car in the Town of Sheldon on Saturday.

Joshua P. Kite, 28, was taken by Mercy Flight to Erie County Medical Center, where he was listed in stable condition, state police said.

About 10:25 p.m. Friday, Kite crashed his car into a culvert and stop sign at Perry and Bartz roads, police said. Kite was previously convicted of driving while intoxicated.


Orchard Park man faces charges in chase, crash

A driver led Orchard Park police on a high-speed chase reaching speeds of more than 100 mph before crashing into a pond early Saturday.

The driver was traveling more than 100 mph during the 10-minute chase.

The chase started at about 4 a.m., when Jeffrey M. Munro, 33, of Orchard Park fled from Officer Jason Schiedel on Old Transit Road during an attempted traffic stop, police said.

When Officer Patrick Fitzgerald deployed stop sticks in front of the vehicle, deflating the tires, Munro then drove off road through private property in East Aurora and crashed into a pond, police said.

Munro was charged with driving while intoxicated, fleeing a police vehicle, reckless endangerment and 20 vehicle and traffic violations, police said. East Aurora police are expected to lodge additional charges, officials said.

About an hour later, Lt. E. Joseph Wehrfritz responded to the report of a vehicle stopped in traffic on West Quaker Street.

Walter J. Wisniewski III, of North Tonawanda, was allegedly passed out behind the wheel. He also was charged with drunken driving, operating outside of restrictions and unlawful stopping on a highway, police said.