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Hartland crash victim identified as Gasport woman

HARTLAND – The Niagara County Sheriff Department identified a driver killed in a one-vehicle crash Tuesday night as Filica Rutherford, 36, of Gasport.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation, but deputies at the scene said Rutherford may have been traveling at an unsafe rate of speed for the condition of the roads, which were snow covered and slippery at the time.

Rutherford’s vehicle was traveling east bound on Ridge Road in the Town of Hartland at about 10 p.m. Tuesday when it veered off the road and struck a tree in the front yard of a house at 8549 Ridge Road, according to Niagara County Sheriff’s office reports.

Rutherford was taken to Eastern Niagara Hospital in Lockport where she was pronounced dead.