Tonawanda News

August 24, 2013

Boy, 12, dies after collision

By Jessica Bagley jessica.bagley@tonawanda-news.com
The Tonawanda News

Tonawanda News — A 12-year-old boy who was hit by a car while riding his bicycle in the Town of Tonawanda Thursday has died, police said. 

The boy, who was not wearing a helmet, was traveling westbound and crossing Delaware Road at Sheridan Drive at the time of the accident, Lt. Nick Bado said. 

An unidentified female driver, who was attempting to make a left from southbound Delaware onto Sheridan, hit the boy at 5:01 p.m. She was driving a Pontiac Vibe and had a green arrow, police said. 

“The boy became trapped under the car,” Bado said. “A group of bystanders, including a detective and a fire chief, were able to get the boy out.”

Two of those who stopped to help were identified as Jason Eulrich and Raymond Marello III. 

The boy, who was a town resident, was listed in critical condition at Women and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo after the accident but died overnight, police said. 

The accident scene was closed to traffic for much of Thursday evening as police accident reconstruction investigators tried to piece together what happened.

The boy’s badly mangled bicycle was left sitting on the side of Delaware Road as witnesses spoke to police. The female driver who struck the boy remained at the scene and appeared visibly shaken following the incident.

Bado said the accident investigators are working with the District Attorney’s office to collect all the details from the accident. No charges have been levied against the driver. 

The name of the victim is not being released, and an autopsy will take place in the next few days, Bado said. 

The accident comes after two other similar incidents this week.

On Wednesday at 12:01 a.m., a cement truck hit a bicyclist on River Road. The victim suffered abrasions and was bleeding heavily, the police report states, but he was conscious. 

The victim was taken to Erie County Medical Center.

The bicyclist was riding with his eyes closed, the report states, and swerved into the southbound lane of traffic. The cement truck driver attempted to avoid the bicyclist, but was unable to.

Another accident occurred Monday, when a 15-year-old boy was hit on Niagara Falls Boulevard.

Rachel Tomasik-Lobaugh, a Tonawanda resident, was southbound on Niagara Falls Boulevard at 4:05 p.m. when her SUV collided with the boy near the intersection of Greenhaven Terrace. 

The boy was rushed to Women and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo, where, earlier this week, he was listed in critical but stable condition. Police were not able to provide an update on his condition Friday, but said accident investigators will be following up next week.