Private plow hits SUV ferrying children, flees

Local marine, father and Lancaster resident Jason Godios wants justice.

He says he was driving his children to daycare on Clinton Street in Elma when his SUV was hit by a private snow plow going the opposite direction. Godios says the driver swerved into his lane right in front of St. Gabriel’s Church.

Godios said other cars had to swerve were coming at him after the accident and he had to veer into a ditch to avoid being hit again. Thankfully, his two young children strapped in car seats in the back of the SUV were uninjured.

“The guy just kept going. Never stopped or anything,” Godios said.

Neither the plow driver nor the other drivers who saw the accident stopped to help him. He filed a report with the Erie County Sheriff’s Office, but he has few details to provide deputies. Godios remembers the driver who struck him was in a dark blue truck with a red plow.

He said, “[Deputies] are looking into collision shops and people trying to sell a bent up plow because the guy did some damage to his plow.”

It cost Godios $9,000 to repair the damage to his SUV. But for him, coming forward wasn’t about restitution. He wants the plow driver to be held accountable.

“[It] could have been worse. If he hit me a couple of inches later he would have hit my daughter’s side of the vehicle. I don’t know what I would have done,” Godios said.

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