Niagara Gazette

March 12, 2013

Tonawanda man found dead in home

By Jessica Bagley
Niagara Gazette

Niagara Gazette — TOWN OF TONAWANDA — A 40-year-old town man who was hit by a van in Amherst in December was found dead in his home, police said. 

Frederick Wolfe was struck by a vehicle Dec. 17 while trying to cross South Forest Road, Amherst Capt. Patrick McKenna said. 

"There were no charges to either party after the incident," McKenna said. 

McKenna wouldn't comment further on the accident, except to say it occurred midday at 12:10 p.m. Details on the surrounding circumstances, like whether McKenna was walking in a crosswalk, are not being released. 

Then, Saturday night, months after the accident, Wolfe's girlfriend said he helped her put her children to bed and that he seemed like he was in fair condition, according to the town's police report. A bit later, she heard Wolfe snoring in the bedroom. But Wolfe was sleeping on the floor and was blocking the doorway, so she wasn't able to enter the room and slept elsewhere.

Wolfe's girlfriend told police she didn't notice anything unusual for the rest of the night. 

The next day, she managed to enter the room and found Wolfe.

"He had his face down, he was in a pool of his own blood and he wasn't breathing," the town's police report states. 

She attempted to administer CPR, but determined that Wolfe was dead and called 911.

When police arrived, Wolfe's girlfriend told them about the accident and said he had still been recovering. 

The woman told police he had recently had staples removed from his stomach on March 4, and previously had part of his skull removed during surgery following the accident.

The case was forwarded to Amherst police and Wolfe's body was taken to the Erie County Medical Examiner's office.

McKenna said they are following up on the case, although it had previously been closed after the accident. McKenna said an autopsy has been completed, but the results of it are not yet available.

"We are not sure if the death is connected with the accident," McKenna said.