Two flown to ECMC after head-on crash

Tom Muscarella is Chairman of the 2009 Taste of Buffalo. We caught up with him tending to any one of a thousand details he will tackle during this long weekend. Believe it or not, his day job is with the Erie County Health Department as Senior Public Health Sanitarian. Seems like the right man for this mission!

Two people are in the trauma intensive care unit at ECMC following a head-on accident on Abbott Road in Orchard Park on Monday.

Police say the crash happened shortly before 2 p.m. near the intersection of East Abbott Grove when Jessica Schoonens, 21, crossed over into the southbound lanes and struck a vehicle driven by Stephen Garland, 20.

Schoonens suffered head injuries and Garland suffered leg injuries. Both were flown to ECMC by Mercy Flight.

Investigators are still working to determine the cause of the crash. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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