Driver charged with DWI after striking 3 homes in Kenmore

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — A truck struck three homes on Kenmore Ave. Friday morning.

Amherst police say the driver of the truck was speeding, and they tried to pull him over on Niagara Falls Blvd.

The truck took off, and police followed the truck down Kenmore Ave. into Kenmore.

The truck lost control shortly after crossing Delaware Ave., and that’s when it struck two homes, knocking the front porch off one house and causing significant foundation damage to another one.

It came to a rest on a third house.

The driver of the truck got out and tried to run away, but police tased him.

Police say the driver, identified as Buffalo resident Elijah Turley, 22, is facing 19 charges. He was accused of Reckless Endangerment, Fleeing an Officer in a Motor Vehicle, Reckless Driving, DWI, Assault, Obstructing Governmental Administration and numerous traffic violations.

“He was definitely going over the speed limit. I don’t have exact numbers, but he did fail to stop for our officer with his lights and sirens on,” Lt. Jonathan Klein said. “It’s incredible that there are no injuries. Village of Kenmore is going to be handling the accident report and everything from there.”

Before the crash, police say another vehicle was stopped on Niagara Falls Blvd. Police think drivers may have been racing.

Turley was taken to ECMC for treatment, and following his arraignment, was placed in the Erie County Holding Center without bail. He will be back in court on October 5.

A 19-year-old woman was also in the truck with Turley. She was taken to ECMC for a leg injury.

The occupants of the homes that were struck were not injured.

Kenmore Ave. was closed between Elmwood and Delaware avenues before it reopened.

Anyone with more information on the incident can call police at (716) 689-1311. 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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