Arrest made in fatal Lancaster hit and run accident

LANCASTER, N.Y. (WIVB) – A 32-year-old man from Quebec has been charged in connection with last week’s fatal hit and run in Lancaster.

Sebastien Y. Lavertu, 32, of Danville, Quebec, has been charged with leaving the scene of an incident resulting in death.

He was additionally charged with Tampering with Evidence after the Erie County District Attorney claimed the driver removed human hair from a vehicle and burned it.

According to Lancaster Police, around 4:50 p.m. June 21, Lavertu was behind the wheel of a tractor trailer on 6108 Broadway and Pavement Road in the town of Lancaster when he fatally struck a pedestrian, 28-year-old Ryan Johns of Depew, and then drove away.

28-year-old Ryan Johns (right) was killed in a hit and run crash early Thursday morning in Lancaster.


Lancaster Police used video from several sources to identify the truck in the crash.

Lavertu was taken into custody when his damaged truck was spotted crossing from the Quebec border into New York State at Lake Champlain. 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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