Investigation into Tonawanda Fatal Crash Continues
Tonawanda, NY (WBEN) An autopsy is set for Saturday for the 12 year old bicyclist killed after he was struck by a driver at a Town of Tonawanda intersection Thursday afternoon. The bicyclist died despite efforts by witnesses to pull the boy out from under the car, lifting the vehicle to do so.
The driver is getting her car back, says Lt. Nick Bado. "The vehicle had been inspected, and there are no defects that would have contributed to the accident. The DA's office gave us the go-ahead to release the vehicle to the owner," explains Bado. Bado says the victim's mother is on her way back to town and an autopsy should be completed Saturday. Bado expects the victim's name to be released early next week.
Bado says some potential causes have been ruled out. "One of our drug recognition experts made sure (the driver) was not under the influence of any drugs, prescription or otherwise. We've ruled out alcohol. We also looked at cell phone records and that was also ruled out," says Bado.
Bado says despite the efforts of a number of people to help the bicyclist, the injuries were grave. "From all accounts that I got, the extent of the injuries was visibly extreme to the point where the probability of survival was very low," notes Bado.
As for the investigation into the crash, that is in progress, but Bado says, "The driver did have the green arrow. Exactly where the bicyclist was at the time, and when the light changed, I'm certain the accident investigators will sort that out based on depositions, witness statements and video from businesses."