Driver killed when car hits tree near MLK Park

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — A driver died in a crash at the edge of Martin Luther King, Jr. Park late Friday night.

Police were called to Fillmore Avenue and East Parade just before midnight, where they found the car had hit a tree, according to a Buffalo Police spokesperson.

Accident investigators determined the car was traveling at a high rate of speed, hit a pole and then hit the tree, police say.

The driver, Buffalo resident Rodney Cole, 50, died at the scene. A male passenger was brought to Erie County Medical Center for treatment; police describe his injuries as serious. 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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