NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WIVB) – A 33-year-old Buffalo man was killed Wednesday after striking a traffic signal support pole in Niagara Falls.
The crash occurred at 56th Street and Buffalo Avenue. According to Niagara Falls Police, the man, who was driving a 2001 Honda Accord, was traveling east on Buffalo Avenue when the car left the roadway, striking the pole.
Before this happened, authorities say a Border Patrol agent was checking the vehicle. While doing so, officials say it was revealed that the registered owner of the vehicle was wanted on a felony warrant for rape.
Once a New York State Parks Police officer arrived at the scene, they attempted to identify the driver of the vehicle.
Then, the suspect struck the Parks Police vehicle with his own and left the scene, authorities say.
Officials pursued the driver in marked vehicles for 2.5 miles before the crash occurred.
The driver was extricated by the Niagara Falls Fire Department and taken to Erie County Medical Center, where he succumbed to his injuries.
The intersection was closed for over four and a half hours while the scene was processed and debris removed from the road.
The accident is still under investigation. The name of the driver is not yet being released.