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Sunday, January 1, 2012 at 5:31 pm

Driver who reportedly went into Tonawanda Creek charged with DWI

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A 21-year-old driver who reportedly slammed his van through a guard rail and into the Tonawanda Creek off Walnut Street early Sunday morning has been charged with DWI.

Zachary D. Leitten, of 9351 Shepard Road, Batavia, was transported to UMMC after the accident and treated for injuries.

Beside facing a DWI charge, Leitten was cited for alleged speed not reasonable and prudent, moving from lane unsafely and driving on a sidewalk.

Officer Jason Ivison investigated the accident.

Sunday, January 1, 2012 at 9:41 am

Car slams through fence on Walnut Street and lands in Tonawanda Creek

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A 21-year-old man was able to get himself out of his van early this morning after he drove it through a barrier on Walnut Street and into the Tonawanda Creek.

A witness said the van appeared to have crashed through the barrier at a high rate of speed and a police source said he may have been drinking.

No official police report is available this morning.

The accident occurred shortly after 5:30 a.m. at the turn of Walnut Street into South Main.

Cassandra Costner, who lives with her husband and children right at the intersection, said her family was sleeping when they heard a large boom. She looked out the window and saw the barrier down and called 9-1-1.

When she came outside, she said she and her husband were surprised by what they found.

"We saw the car in the creek and were like, 'Oh, wow, crazy,'" she said.

Costner said the driver came up the bank of the creek saying, "I'm OK. I'm OK. It's not as bad as it looks."

The driver was reportedly transported to UMMC by Mercy EMS, but no information has been released on his injuries, if any.

While at least one witness said he saw somebody running from the scene, Costner said she didn't see anybody at the scene other than the driver.

The van went through a wooden, reinforced barrier, a chain-link fence, over a boulder and down about 10 feet of embankment before landing in the water.

"We've lived here six years and never seen a car go in the creek," Costner said. "It's just crazy that somebody was going that fast, but people go flying down this road. It's gotten better since they put in the roundabout, but people just haul ass down this road."

Friday, December 30, 2011 at 10:19 pm

Car goes off the roadway on the westbound side of the Thruway

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A vehicle has gone down an embankment on the westbound side of the Thruway in the area of mile marker 391 or 391.

Dispatchers have received several calls and they believe the car was eastbound and crossed over the median and across the westbound lanes.

Unknown injuries.

Town of Batavia Fire Department and Mercy EMS dispatched.

UPDATE 10:23 p.m.: The vehicle came to rest in the front yard of a residence on Cheryl Lane. Two people are out of the car and apparently uninjured. 

UPDATE 10:29 p.m.: All Town of Batavia units back in service.


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Thursday, December 29, 2011 at 5:25 pm

Dog hit on Bank Street Road,

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A woman has hit a dog near the five corners on Bank Street Road, Batavia.

The dog is injured. The woman's car is damaged.

A Sheriff's deputy is responding.

The woman doesn't know who owns the dog.

Thursday, December 29, 2011 at 2:07 pm

Probation car involved in MVA on West Main, no injuries

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A Probation Department car has been involved in an accident on West Main Street near Bogue Avenue.

It's a minor, two-car accident with no injuries and it's not blocking traffic.

Batavia PD responding to take a report.

Thursday, December 29, 2011 at 11:26 am

Driver accused of failure to stop at stop sign prior to accident

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Two people were injured in a crash on Lockport Road at Route 98, Elba, at 5:47 p.m. Wednesday, after one of the drivers allegedly failed to stop for a stop sign.

Transported to UMMC with non-life-threatening injuries by Mercy EMS were Kevin A. Dutton, 35, of Garden Park Apartments, Albion, and Dylan D. Dutton, 13.

Cited for allegedly failing to stop was Charles L. Hudson, 39, of Cottage Court, Warsaw.

Hudson was reportedly westbound on Lockport Road and Dutton was traveling southbound.

Neither Dutton nor his two passengers were injured.

A third person in Hudson's car was also not injured.

The accident was investigated by Sgt. Greg Walker.

(Initial report)

Tuesday, December 27, 2011 at 10:15 am

Driver charged with DWI after allegedly leaving the scene of an accident

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A driver who reportedly fled the scene of a minor-injury accident on Route 98 at West Saile Drive at 4:15 p.m., Monday, was later located and charged with DWI.

The driver, Leann F. Bach, 57, of West Bergen Road, Bergen, was also cited for allegedly running a red light and failure to yield right of way.

Suffering a minor injury in the accident was Verna M. Oehler, 63.

Bach was reportedly driving westbound on West Saile Drive in a 2003 Chevy SUV when she allegedly failed to stop for the red light at Route 98.

Northbound on Route 98 was John E. Oehler, 62, of Oak Orchard Road, Batavia, with Verna as a passenger, in a 2003 Chevy pickup. 

Fabian S. Hernandez, 48, of Columbia Avenue, Batavia, was also on Route 98 in a 2005 Ford SUV.

Bach reportedly attempted to make a left turn onto Route 98 and struck Oehler's vehicle, pushing it into the SUV driven by Hernandez.

Hernandez had 10 passengers in his vehicle, but none of them were injured.

Bach then reportedly continued south on Route 98 and was located some time later.

No other citations or criminal charges were listed in the accident report.

The accident was investigated by Sgt. Greg Walker.

(Initial report)

Monday, December 26, 2011 at 6:38 pm

One-car accident with an injury reported on Starr Road, Pavilion

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A one-car accident with an injury has been reported on Starr Road at Hudson Road, Pavilion.

The victim is inside a residence at that location.

Pavilion fire and Mercy EMS dispatched.

Saturday, December 24, 2011 at 11:13 am

Minor injury accident reported on West Main Street Road

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One person is reporting head and neck pain following a motor vehicle accident on West Main Street Road, Batavia.

The cars are reportedly in the parking lot of That Taco Place.

Town of Batavia Fire and Mercy EMS dispatched.

Saturday, December 24, 2011 at 10:34 am

Man struck by train not seriously injured

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A person suffered an apparent arm injury early Saturday morning after being struck by a CSX train near the Wortendyke Road crossing.

RIchard J. Kubus, 31, no permanent address, was reportedly walking on railroad ties outside the tracks when he was struck by the train's snowplow.

The train stopped and a conductor called 9-1-1 at 3:49 a.m.

When deputies responded they found Kubus walking along the tracks.

Kubus was transported to ECMC for evaluation. His injury is not believed to be life threatening.

Assisting at the scene were Mercy EMS and the East Pembroke Fire Department.

The investigation is being conducted by Deputy Jason Saile, Deputy Eric K. Seppala and Sgt. Thomas Sanfratello, along with CSX security.

(Initial report)

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