Crash Unit Investigating Fatal Crash

Modified: January 17, 2019 12:33pm

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A Passing Motorist Found the Vehicle off the Roadway


Buffalo, NY – Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard reports the Sheriff’s Crash Investigation Unit is continuing an investigation into a single vehicle crash that occurred on January 15, around 8:00 P.M. on East River Road in Grand Island.


Reports indicated a vehicle was off the roadway under the south Grand Island bridges, and the operator of the vehicle was unresponsive.


District 1 Deputies arrived at the scene and waited for members of the Grand Island Fire Company to extricate the operator.  The driver was pronounced dead at the scene upon extrication.


The victim of the crash is identified as 48-year-old Joseph Berard of Grand Island.


The cause of the crash is still under investigation.