Niagara Gazette

December 25, 2012

Lockport man dies after traffic stop

Staff reports
Niagara Gazette

Niagara Gazette — A Davison Road man, stopped for operating a vehicle with a suspended license on Lockport-Olcott Road on Sunday, was treated at the scene for cardiac arrest and pronounced dead at  Eastern Niagara Hospital- Newfane an hour later. 

According to the report, a sheriff's deputy was alerted by his license plate reader that a vehicle on Lockport-Olcott Road was driving with a suspended registration about 7:30 p.m. The registration was suspended for invalid proof of insurance.

For his personal safety, the driver was asked to exit his vehicle so the tow company could secure it. The deputy performed a brief pat down to check for weapons and the man was directed to sit inside the patrol vehicle so that paperwork could be completed. He was not handcuffed and sat down behind the driver's seat and advised that he was going to be released on an appearance ticket. The man called his father to pick him up at the Tim Horton's in Wright's Corners.

The man appeared to be acting normally and he did not complain of feeling ill or did not request any type of medical assistance. Then the man leaned over to the passenger side of the car and the deputy asked several times if he was OK. The deputy opened the door to assess the situation and the man slumped over toward the passenger side. He appeared to be gasping for breath, and his hands were clenching together and shaking. 

The deputy immediately advised dispatch to send EMS for a possible seizure. He had a pulse, but the deputy assessed he had a cardiac arrest case.

The man was transported to Eastern Niagara Hospital Newfane where he later died. The case is being investigated by Criminal Investigations Bureau.