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Driver identified in fatal accident in East Aurora grocery parking lot

The 18-year-old driver who fatally struck a woman walking in the Tops Markets parking lot in East Aurora in June has been identified as Alec Vaccare of East Aurora.

Vaccare, whose identify was confirmed by East Aurora Mayor Allan A. Kasprzak, was backing up his mother's red Hyundai Sante Fe when he struck Wendy L. Bus on the night of June 25.

East Aurora police have kept Vaccare's name secret since the fatal incident. Without releasing his name, police announced on Wednesday the driver wouldn't be charged with any crimes.

He will, however, be charged with vehicle and traffic violations including unsafe backing, failure to exercise due care and unsafe start, police said. A Town of Aurora Justice Court official on Thursday morning said no charges had been filed yet.

Vaccare worked at the Tops store, along with Auston Bus, the victim's son who witnessed the accident.

Bus, 48, of Colden, was hit while pushing a shopping cart back to her vehicle, police have said. Bus, who owned a computer-assisted design business, died June 26.

"It was a terrible, terrible accident. We're heartbroken," said Paul J. Vaccare Jr., the driver's father. "Our hearts go out to the Bus family."

The Buffalo News obtained a copy of the police report of the incident through a Freedom of Information Law request, though East Aurora police redacted all names of those involved, including witnesses, except for the name of Nancy Vaccare, who was described as the vehicle owner.

Police officials have previously stated that Bus was hit while the vehicle was moving in reverse.

Vaccare told officers at the scene "that the car 'jumped' while it was in reverse," according to the report.

He was wearing socks but no shoes, officers wrote in the report.

Police have said they do not believe alcohol or drugs were a factor. Vaccare submitted to a breath test at the scene but "did not consent to a voluntary blood test," according to the report.

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