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Passenger causes crash in Tonawanda by fighting with driver

A fight between the driver and passenger caused a head-on crash in the City of Tonawanda Friday night, resulting in both injuries and felony charges.

City police said Adam Bugala was driving a 2005 Chevy Cruz northbound on Young Street around 11:55 p.m. when he and passenger Roderick J. Blanks began arguing and fighting. Blanks grabbed the steering wheel at one point – saying, "I'll kill us both," Bugala told police – and forced the vehicle to the other side of the road, where it struck a 2005 Ford Freestar minivan driven southbound by Philip Harvey.

Harvey, 27, of Erica Lane in North Tonawanda, suffered a sternum and hand injury, but signed off on treatment, police said. Bugala, 30, of Firestone Street in Buffalo, was taken to Erie County Medical Center with a shattered ankle.

Banks, 20, of Browning Avenue in Tonawanda, was taken to Kenmore Mercy Hospital with a head and ear injury, but was released and charged with reckless endangerment, second-degree assault, interfering with a driver's control and other charges.

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