Niagara Gazette

September 9, 2013

More charges expected in fatal Lewiston crash

By Rick Pfeiffer
Niagara Gazette

Niagara Gazette — Lewiston Police have arrested a local teen in connection with a fatal accident Sunday morning. 

Skyler Zephier, 19, was charged with driving while intoxicated and is expected to face additional counts after his release from the Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo. 

Zephier was taken there after he was placed in custody, Sunday afternoon, at a home on Mount Hope Road on the Tuscarora Indian Reservation. Investigators were led to the home as part of their investigation of a crash between a car and an SUV that left an 18-year-old teen dead.

The crash occurred at 11:06 a.m. on Upper Mountain Road at Susie's Lane on the Tuscarora Reservation. Officers said they found an SUV, flipped upside down on the southeast corner of Susie's Lane with a person trapped underneath it.

They also found a car in a field just east of the SUV.

Investigators said they determined that the the SUV, driven by Zephier, was traveling south on Susie's Lane, when it failed to yield to the car. As the SUV went into the intersection, it struck the car, driving it into the field.

The force of the crash then flipped the SUV and left Brett McKee, 18, pinned underneath it. McKee, a resident of the Tuscorora Reservation, died as a result of his injuries. 

The driver of the car, a 38-year-old man, was taken to ECMC with non-life threatening injuries.

Witnesses told police they saw a man, "in a gray short shirt, standing in the roadway, covered in blood." The witnesses said the man "got into a car and left the scene."

The man was later identified as Zephier.