Major Carla A. DiRienzo
Troop T Commander
Cheektowaga, NY – On January 29, 2022, at approximately 3:00 a.m., State Police were advised by U.S. Customs, that they were attempting to stop a wrong way driver who was traveling southbound in the northbound lane on I-190 from the Peace Bridge. The vehicle, a 2013 Dodge Journey, continued to flee and attempted to exit onto I-90 east when it struck a 2014 Buick Enclave head on.
The driver of the Dodge, Kody K. Damian-Salley, 27, of Buffalo, NY, was transported to Erie County Medical Center for minor non-life-threatening injuries. The driver of the Buick, Samantha J. Kollatz, 34, of Blasdell, NY, was transported to Erie County Medical Center for serious non-life-threatening injuries. Both vehicles were towed by Davron Towing.
In the days following the crash, a relative of Kollatz responded to Davron Towing to retrieve personal property from the Buick and reported to State Police that a wallet containing a significant amount of cash was missing from the vehicle. The missing wallet also contained an Apple Tag which allowed the owner to track the location. Information obtained from the Apple Tracker led Troopers to the personal residence of Davron Tow truck driver, Andre D. Simmons, 49, of Cheektowaga, NY. Subsequent to further investigation, Simmons was charged with Grand Larceny 4th degree (property greater that $1,000); a Class E Felony. He was processed at SP Buffalo and released with an Appearance Ticket returnable to the Town of Cheektowaga Court on February 18, 2022, at 9:30 a.m.
Damian-Salley reported to SP Buffalo on February 7, 2022, to be processed for Assault 2nd degree (recklessly cause serious injury with weapon or dangerous instrument); a Class D Felony, Unlawful Fleeing a Police Officer in a Motor Vehicle 2nd degree (cause serious physical injury); a Class E Felony, and Reckless Driving; a Misdemeanor. He was released with appearance tickets returnable to the Town of Cheektowaga Court on February 22, 2022, at 9:30 a.m.