CAMBRIA, N.Y. (WIVB) – A Niagara County Sheriff’s deputy who authorities say had activated his emergency lights, T-boned an SUV Thursday evening. The male driver of the Jeep was killed. His female passenger has internal injuries. The deputy’s injuries are said not to be life threatening. Both survivors of the crash were taken by Mercy Flight to the Erie County Medical Center.
No names are being released. The Sheriff’s Office says there was a dash-cam in the deputy’s car. The video has not been released.
Neighbors say they did not hear a siren.
Investigators are also looking for a driver who pulled over before the accident. They are hoping he will come forward as a witness. They are not commenting on why the deputy activated his lights or where he was heading.
Neighbors who live close to the intersection of Routes 104 and 93 in Cambria say serious accidents frequently happen here.
Shirley Urtel, a former Niagara County legislator, said she heard an “all too familiar sound” while she was in her dining room. “I heard this horrific crash and sound. You know the sound because we’ve heard it so many times. I grabbed my phone. I ran out.”
She immediately saw the cars on the lawn of Roger Taylor.
“It’s just been terrible,” said Taylor “Just one wreck after another.”
A couple of years ago he said a car crashed into his home. Six months ago he said there was another roll-over.
He also said he came close to being killed about three years ago while mowing the lawn.
“Somebody ran a stop sign. It hit another pick-up. They come side-by-side right towards me, and luckily they split just before they hit me,” he said.
At the very least he wants the state to put up a guard rail to protect his property and the lives of his family members.
Urtel says residents have repeatedly asked the state to put a traffic light or lights at the intersection of Routes 104 and 93.
“In the blink of an eye, three lives were changed forever,” referring to Thursday night’s crash. “I mean the poor gentleman that lost his life, and I guess it was his wife that was with him, and of course the sheriff’s deputy will never forget it.”
Taylor records all the accidents on his cell phone to try and convince the state that neighbors live in constant fear.
“Numerous times we woke up in the middle of the night with brakes squealing and tires squealing and big bang,” he said.
“There’s injuries going on here,” he said. “Something’s gotta be done to take care of it.”