A Niagara Falls man faces several charges after Amherst Police say he hit and killed two women with his motorcycle Sunday afternoon. One neighbor told YNN's Katie Cummings he hopes this tragedy will push the town to make some changes.
AMHERST, N.Y. — It started as a walk along the Tonawanda Creek bike path around 3:20 Sunday afternoon, and ended tragically with two deaths.
“Three of them were walking on the bike path here. Two females are dead, one male is in the hospital with non life threatening injuries,” said Amherst Police Captain Patrick McKenna.
The motorcyclist, 53-year-old David Smith of Niagara Falls, was heading west on the road, and veered off onto the bike path, hitting three people.
Amherst Police say 25-year-old Jocelyn Elberson of Buffalo and 81-year-old Sheila Pelton of East Amherst were killed. Sheila's husband Foster remains at ECMC in serious condition.
Police aren't sure yet if speed was a factor.
Norman Tredo, a neighbor, says it's not uncommon for him to see cars and motorcycles speeding down the road especially around the curve. He hopes the town will take precautionary measures in the future.
"There’s no guardrail there where the bike path gets close to the road right there, and it’s just an accident waiting to happen and unfortunately it did. It would be nice to have a little more postings on the road too, like okay, you got a bunch of curves up ahead or something, that would help too," said Tredo.
Tredo says his family, including his three young kids, frequents the bike path. He has tried setting up his own signs near the road warning drivers to slow down.
"With the kids here it's definitely concerning. I mean I stress to them all the time, you got to pay attention," said Tredo.
Smith remains hospitalized at ECMC with non life threatening injuries. He now faces charges of DWI and criminally negligent homicide, and police say more charges may be pending.