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Wrongful death suits filed in two traffic accidents

LOCKPORT – Wrongful death lawsuits were filed last week in State Supreme Court over two vehicle-related deaths in Niagara County.

In one case, a pedestrian was struck and killed in front of his Lockport apartment building; in the other, a man died a year after he was involved in a wreck on South Transit Road in Lockport.

The pedestrian was Samuel S. Capece, 61, of 77 Main St., Lockport, also known as Urban Park Towers. He was struck and killed while crossing Main Street on Oct. 12, 2014. Police said he was found face-down on the pavement.

The lawsuit, filed by his daughter, Diana L. Capece, accuses the driver of the car of negligence and also drags the owner of the vehicle into the case.

Samuel Capece was struck by a 2006 Pontiac Vibe that was westbound on Main Street. The vehicle was being driven by Deborah G. Sadallah of Las Vegas, and the owner was Donna C. Ghadbone of Mulligan Drive, Lockport.

Police did not bring any charges against Sadallah.

The plaintiff’s attorney is Scott M. Duquin of Amherst’s Hogan Willig law firm.

In the other case, Karen Negevsky of Niagara Falls, the daughter of the late Gerald Koziol of Sherwood Avenue in the Falls, is suing Jason Antonucci and Laura Rich of Cheektowaga.

Antonucci, driving a 2001 Ford owned by Rich, collided with Koziol’s auto on Feb. 8, 2013, on South Transit Road. Koziol never regained his health and died Feb. 15, 2014, in Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center.

The lawsuit was filed by attorney Matthew T. Mosher of the Niagara Falls firm of Viola, Cummings & Lindsay.

Neither suit lists the amount of damages being sought.

email: tprohaska@buffnews.com