On Sept. 6, at approximately 4:05 p.m., the Niagara Falls Police Department attempted to stop a 2013 Dodge believed to be involved in a recent shooting incident.
In an attempt to evade the police, the driver of the vehicle, traveling west on Jerauld Avenue, ran the stop sign at the corner of Hyde Park Boulevard. The Dodge was struck by a 2017 Toyota that was heading northbound on Hyde Park Boulevard. A third vehicle, a 2019 Ford following the chase, traveling south on Hyde Park, collided with the Toyota and then rolled into a parked police vehicle on Jerauld, west of Hyde Park.
The 25-year-old driver of the Dodge hit a guardrail, and the vehicle flipped onto its side. Officers on the scene assisted the driver in exiting the vehicle, and he was taken into custody. He did not complain of any injuries. He was charged with assault in the second degree (D felony), reckless endangerment in the first degree (E felony), fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle (E felony), and a series of vehicle and traffic law violations. Additional charges may be pending.
The 76-year-old female operator of Toyota was taken to Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, where she was treated for minor injuries and released. Her canine companion was transported from the scene by a family member.
The 36-year-old female driver of the Ford was taken to ECMC after suffering a compound fracture to the wrist. Her passenger was treated at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center for minor injuries. A 4-year-old, who was a passenger in the back seat, did not appear to be injured.
The police vehicle sustained minor damage, and the driver was not injured.
The crash management team responded to the crash scene and is continuing the investigation. Additional charges may be assessed.