Niagara County Sheriff's Office Release Names Of Crash Victims

9:06 PM, Apr 15, 2012   |    comments
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TOWN OF CAMBRIA, NY - We are learning more about a deadly 2-car accident that happened in the Town of Cambria Friday night. One man was killed and four others were taken to the hospital.

The crash happened a little after 9pm. The Niagara County Sheriff's Office told 2 On Your Side the location where it all happened is a sharp curve that has a history of accidents.

Authorities say a pickup truck driven east along Route 31 by Richard Dunn crossed the yellow line hitting another car head-on. Dunn's truck flipped over after the impact. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

In the second vehicle was driver Shyla Houston. Her passengers included Terrance Hardy, John Davis Junior, and Ashley Wallace. Sheriff James Voutour told 2 On Your Side all four were taken to ECMC. Two of the victims were taken by Mercy Flight. Their conditions range from stable up to critical.

The speed limit on the straightaway is 55 mph, but drops to 35 as cars approach the curve. Longtime Town of Cambria resident David Slachciak said he's seen his fair share of accidents at the curve.

"When they come down here past my house they're cruising, and I had somebody take out that fire hydrant there and just kept going," said Slachciak.

Keith Lasal also lives near the curve. Debris from the crash littered his lawn.

"You know I'll be out getting the mail which I have to walk across the street and a lot of times you can see them. They'll be driving too fast for the curve and they'll tend to steer over a little bit and then back to the road and you're kind of wondering well geez are they gonna make it around the curve?," said Lasal.

Niagara County Sheriff's Captain Greg Schuey said. "The speed limits are set for specific reasons. Safety being one of them. If you're going to be driving any road stay within the speed limit."

Investigators believe Dunn lost control of his truck, and have said that speed played a role in this crash.

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