BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – A driver has died after a chaotic crash on Delaware and Great Arrow Avenues that injured four other people, including the resident of an apartment building.
Around 8:15 on Friday, a 51 year-old Nathan Redmond hit a vehicle on Delaware near Linden Avenue, forcing it off the road near Great Arrow Plaza. He then continued on through the parking lot of the plaza before striking a second vehicle as it exited the parking lot and was stopped at the light on Great Arrow at Delaware. The driver then crashed into an apartment building at 2118 Delaware Avenue.
Firefighters used the Jaws of Life to remove Redmond from his vehicle. He was declared dead at the scene.
Fire Commissioner Garnell Whitfield initially told News 4’s Ed Drantch that the crash was possibly the end result of a domestic dispute. But he has since clarified and now calls the crash an unfortunate accident. Whitfield explained the preliminary investigation showed a domestic incident had precipitated the accident, but further investigation revealed that is not the case.
Martin Safford-Cameron saw it happen. He said, “The one woman saw it coming and tried to back up out of the way, but couldn’t back up far enough. He made no effort to turn whatsoever, hit the front end of her car, spun her around and up off the curb, stuff flying everywhere and then his car continued onward into the building making a giant hole.”
One witness says the man driving the white SUV was speeding through the Marshall’s parking lot, going the wrong way before crashing into the other SUV and later, the building.
Four other people were injured in the crash. A mother and her daughter were taken to Erie County Medical Center. A man who was inside the apartment building was also taken to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Whitfield says there are 28 residents inside the building who are currently displaced. The crash caused $2displaced residents. It is unknown how long the residents will be displaced.
Delaware Avenue was closed from Amherst Street to Linden Avenue for more than eight hours because of the crash.
An autopsy was conducted Saturday morning and Erie County medical examiners have ruled the cause of death as multiple blunt force trauma.
The cause of the accident remains under investigation.