Tonawanda News

August 22, 2012

Teen on bicycle struck, charged following incident

Staff Reports
The Tonawanda News

Tonawanda News — A North Tonawanda teenager is in the hospital after being hit by a car along Twin Cities Memorial Highway, though police said she ran a red light and will be charged. 

Ashley L. Vandervanter, 16, of Porter Avenue, was taken to Erie County Medical Center after she attempted to cross TCMH headed east on Wheatfield Street, where she was struck by a vehicle driven by 63-year-old Chong Neiswonger of North Tonawnada. The incident happened 10:26 p.m. Monday. 

Vandervanter struck the right front portion of the car, bounced up and smashed the windshield of Neiswonger's vehicle as it was heading north, before the girl rolled off the car and onto the sidewalk. Vandervanter injured her head, hip and left eye, according to an incident report, while the driver reported no injuries. 

"She is in serious but stable condition," said police Capt. Roger Zgolak. 

Two witnesses in a nearby vehicle told police they saw Vandervanter as at fault because Neiswonger "had a green light." 

Police said headphones were found next to Vandervanter and they believe she was using them when the accident occurred, which may have led to her running the red light. 

No charges are pending against Neiswonger.