A car-deer accident reported in early April in Genesee County turned out to be anything but, resulting in the arrest of two people this week, according to State Police.
The accident, during which a sport utility vehicle rolled over, occurred April 12 on Bowen Road in the Town of Alexander, police said. But the investigation revealed conflicting accounts of what happened and who was driving at the time.
Crystal L. Wojtkowiak, 19, of Attica, had reported that she was driving, police said. It turned out she wasn’t even in the vehicle.
The actual driver, Garry P. Pitz, 20, of Depew, was driving north on Bowen Road when he made an unsafe start and lost control of the vehicle, causing it to go off the east shoulder of the road, police said. Pitz then over-corrected, spun around and the SUV rolled over, landing in a field on the east side of the road.
No deer was involved, police said.
Pitz was charged with misdemeanor counts of falsely reporting an incident and obstructing governmental administration, as well as several traffic violations – including reckless driving.
Wojtkowkiak, 19, of Attica, was charged with the same misdemeanors.
Both were issued tickets to appear May 12 in Alexander Town Court.