Niagara Gazette

June 9, 2013

Rough night on the roads|Motorcycle and SUV crash leaves rider in critical condition, while man is run over in road rage incident

By Rick Pfeiffer
Niagara Gazette

Niagara Gazette — Falls police are investigating a pair of accidents that have left victims hospitalized at the Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo.

One of the victims is in critical condition.

Traffic Division Crash Management investigators were called to the intersection of 77th Street and Girard Avenue at 1:25 a.m. Sunday after a motorcycle slammed into an SUV. 

Investigators said the driver of a 2007 Chevy HHR was attempting to make a left turn from Girard Avenue onto 77th Street, when her SUV has struck by a motorcyclist on a 2003 Harley Davidson. The 31-year-old motorcyclist was traveling north on 77th Street and police said he apparently failed to stop at a stop sign. 

The impact of the crash threw the rider from his motorcycle, causing serious injuries. He was rushed to ECMC for treatment.

Neither the driver of the SUV nor her two passengers were injured. The driver was not charged, though police said charges may be pending in the case involving the motorcyclist.

Crash management officers say their investigation of the accident is continuing.

Police are also still sorting through the details of a road rage incident that ended when one driver ran over another driver with her car around 7:45 p.m. Saturday.

"It started on the Robert Moses Parkway, with two drivers, both from North Tonawanda, but not related, and the male driver may have thought the female driver cut him off," Traffic Division Capt. Angela Munn said. "From there, they pulled off onto Buffalo Avenue."

Munn said the incident escalated when the drivers reached the 8000 block of Buffalo Avenue.

"The male driver apparently got out of his car and jumped on the hood of the other car," Munn said. "The female driver said she panicked and he may have jumped or slipped off the hood and got run over."

Investigators said the victim, identified as Glen Boudreau, 51, suffered head and leg injuries and was transported to ECMC for treatment. 

Munn said investigators have not been able to question Boudreau yet. They have not charged the other driver, Erin Haney, 41, though the Crash Management investigation is continuing.