The Tonawanda News
Tonawanda News — LEWISTON — The driver sought in a fatal hit-and-run accident on Lewiston Road early Saturday morning was arrested hours later after surrendering to police.
Carmen Crapsi, 22, of Lewiston, faces a felony charge of leaving the scene of a fatal accident, according to the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office and Lewiston police.
It’s Crapsi’s second serious vehicle arrest in a month. He also faces driving while ability impaired by drugs and other charges for an incident on June 1 in Warsaw.
On Saturday, the sheriff’s office said Crapsi hit an unidentified pedestrian about 5 a.m. while driving on Lewiston Road, near the Upper Mountain Road overpass. He then drove off.
In the hours after the crash, the sheriff’s office released information that they were looking for a purple vehicle with blue and white pin striping with windshield and headlight damage, based on evidence at the scene.
Sheriff James Voutour said shortly before noon, investigators received a call from Crapsi’s attorney and police were directed to the location of the vehicle. Crapsi then turned himself in at the sheriff’s office.
Crapsi was charged with a felony count of leaving the scene of a fatal accident. He was arraigned in the Town of Cambria and taken to Niagara County Jail. Bail was set at $2,500 cash/$5,000 bond.
The sheriff’s office and Lewiston police are still investigating the accident and further charges may be pending.
Anyone with information related to the accident or the whereabouts of Crapsi prior to the accident is asked to call the sheriff’s office at 438-3393.
Saturday’s arrest comes just about a month after Crapsi was arrested in Warsaw and charged with driving while ability impaired by drugs, fifth-degree criminal possession of marijuana, texting while driving and various traffic infractions, according to Voutour.
The Wyoming Sheriff’s Office reported that Crapsi was speeding while driving the wrong way down East Buffalo Street in Warsaw on June 1.
Once stopped, it was determined Crapsi was smoking marijuana and texting while driving. In addition, he was found with 26.6 grams of marijuana, two scales and $263 in the vehicle, according to Channel 4’s report. Police said he failed field sobriety tests at the scene before being charged.