Two-car accident claims life of Falls woman

SERIOUS ACCIDENTPhoto by RobShotsNiagara Falls police were called to the scene of an automobile accident near the intersection of 24th Street and Michigan Avenue. Police said a woman died after being ejected from her vehicle during the crash. The accident remains under investigation. 

A Niagara Falls woman died Wednesday night after being ejected from a vehicle that was involved in a crash at the intersection of 24th Street and Michigan Avenue. 

Police said a Kia SUV that was west bound on Michigan Avenue failed to stop at the stop sign and collided with the second vehicle, which was south bound on 24th Street.

The female driver of the second vehicle, whose identity was not released, was ejected from her vehicle. Police said the woman, described as being in her 60s, was taken to Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center where she succumbed to her injuries.

The driver of the first vehicle, identified by police as 32-year-old Stephen J. Wruck of 72nd Street, Niagara Falls, was not injured in the collision but is facing a series of charges. 

Police arrested Wruck after he left the accident scene on foot and called 911 in an attempt to falsely report his vehicle as stolen. Wruck has been charged with vehicular manslaughter in the second degree, DWI, leaving the scene of a fatal accident and several other vehicle and traffic offenses. He was being held in Niagara Falls City jail without bail late Wednesday. 

The Falls police department's Crash Management Team is handling the investigation.

Police did not release the name of the woman who died in the crash, indicating that they wanted to give the family an opportunity to notify relatives.

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