Tragedy strikes twice for Akron family

CLARENCE, N.Y. (WIVB) — A car crash that killed a local teen and injured four others is haunting more than just one family.

“The bang was just…goes over and over in our heads you know.”

That’s what Jeanne Bass says about the crash Sunday morning in front of her home on Tonawanda Creek Road in Clarence Center. Five people were in the car when it hit a tree , but only the driver, 19 year old Shelby Adamczak was killed.

Jeanne Bass didn’t even know the victims but says she’s heart broken.

“Just heart broken, and parents shouldn’t outlive their children,” Bass said.

But for the Adamczak family, it’s the second daughter they’ve lost. Six years ago, Shelby’s older sister, Emily collapsed while playing in a soccer game. She was fourteen, a freshman at Akron Central High School, where her mother eventually became an advocate for New York State’s CPR in Schools training law which just took effect last month. It will require all high school students to learn CPR and how to use a defibrillator.

Annette Adamczak told News 4 back in 2012 that she believes such a law might’ve helped her daughter Emily survive cardiac arrest on the soccer field.

“We can’t change it and bring her back,but we’ve got this chance to make a difference in someone else’s life and what more could you ask for than to give somebody the chance and the learning skills to save another life.”

Now the Adamczak family is mourning the loss of another daughter, Shelby in a car crash.

Molly Gibson doesn’t even know the victims, but the crash scene in front of her house brings her pause.

“You just never know what’s going to happen and just don’t take anything for granted really. Nobody woke up on Sunday thinking a tragedy was going to occur. You just don’t take anything for granted, it’s sad.”

The Erie County Sheriff’s Office hasn’t released the names of the four passengers in the car, but said on Sunday that one of them was seriously hurt. 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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