08 March 2022
 
 
NEW YORK STATE POLICE 
Major James M. Hall
Troop A Commander


  
 
 
 
PRESS RELEASE

UPDATE - On March 7, 2022 at approximately 4:10 P.M., Troopers responded to a one vehicle collision into a tree on Delaware Road near Goodrich Road in the town of Clarence. Further investigation revealed that a 2020 Jeep Cherokee was traveling east bound on Delaware Road and crossed over into the oncoming lane, then exited the roadway on the north shoulder.  The Jeep overturned and struck a tree.  **The Operator, Luke T. Malinich, 17 of Amherst, NY and the passenger, Lauren E. Taggart, 17 of Williamsville, NY were deceased at the scene.  High rate of speed believed to be a factor in this collision.

The NYSP Collision Reconstruction Unit and the Bureau of Criminal Investigation assisted in this investigation.  NYSP are working with Williamsville South High School.  The School will have mental health professionals to provide support during this difficult time.

This is still an active investigation.

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