Family injured after being struck by pick-up identified

TOWN OF FREEDOM, N.Y. (WIVB)- A trip to a yard sale took a tragic turn in Cattaraugus County June 16.

The Dibble family, leaving the sale just off Route 98 near Sandbank Road in the Town of Freedom, was struck by an orange pick-up truck while getting into their parked van, officials told News 4.

According to the yard sale hosts, the driver of the pick-up is their son. The cause of Sunday’s crash is still under investigation.

“I was mad, I was more concerned than anything,” said Breana Dibble, who was not with her family at the time of crash.

Breana’s father Dennis, her step-mother Heather, and her three younger half-brothers were all injured.

The young boys, ages two, three, and four, are recovering at Women and Children’s Hospital. Dennis and Heather Dibble were taken to ECMC; all five are stable.

We spoke to Breana Dibble outside ECMC Tuesday afternoon.

“We immediately got in the car and came up here. We went back and forth to Children’s and then back here. It was scary, it was a scary situation to find out. You don’t know if someone survived, you don’t know what the injuries are.”

The family’s van was nearly totaled in the crash.

“They’re little, they’re babies, they shouldn’t have had to go through this,” Breana said of her younger brothers.

Her father took the brunt of the impact according to Breana, suffering a broken femur.

A Go Fund Me page has been created to help the Dibble family pay for medical costs.

An accident reconstruction team is still investigating the crash, which occurred on a two-lane highway where the speed limit is 45 miles per hour.

“There’s a lot of anger. There’s a lot of frustration as to not knowing what happened,” Breana told News 4.

The driver of the pick-up, who was also hospitalized but has since been released, has not been charged.

The yard sale hosts said the Dibbles are regular customers, and that they’re hoping for their recovery.

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