Sheriff: Midnight Transit Road race leads to crash

CLARENCE, N.Y. (WIVB) — Deputies with the Erie County Sheriff’s Office say they nabbed two people on a variety a charges stemming from a midnight race down Transit Road.

Just after 12 a.m. Sunday, two deputies say they saw two vehicles speeding down the route near Clarence Center Road, exceeding speeds of 80 miles per hour.

The race came to a stop when one of the drivers lost control of their vehicle, swerved, jumped a curb and came to a rest in a parking lot after driving through a lawn, according to deputies. After this, deputies say the other driver slammed their brakes and drove into the same parking lot — this time with the intention to do so.

Authorities proceeded to interview the drivers, identified as Lockport residents Michael Santora, 22, and Isabel Gutierrez, 19, after arriving on the scene. Each had passengers in their vehicles, according to deputies.

Santora and Gutierrez were subsequently charged with reckless driving, racing, reckless endangerment and a slew or traffic and vehicle violations. Santora faced an additional charge of acting in a manner injurious to a child less than 17 years old.

Gutierrez and the passengers from each vehicle were released to the custody of their relatives. Santora was taken to ECMC for evaluation and medical treatment before being released on appearance tickets.

It is not clear if anyone else was injured in the crash.

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