Two Critical Following Late Night Crash in Hamburg

6:07 PM, Apr 2, 2013   |    comments
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HAMBURG, N.Y. - Two men are in critical condition after they were hit by a vehicle that was rear-ended by an alleged drunk driver.

It happened around 11 p.m. on Route 5 near Milestrip Road in Hamburg.

Hamburg Police set up a road block following multiple accidents on the Milestrip Road overpass that were blamed on icy road conditions.

Police say a suspected drunk driver drove around a marked police vehicle with flashing lights, nearly striking the officer standing beside it.

The driver then rear-ended a vehicle that was involved in one of the previous accidents, and that car hit two men standing in front of it.

The 32-year-old and 61-year-old victims were taken to ECMC. Their names haven't been released.

The driver who hit them, Thomas Gilray,Jr., refused a breath test. He is charged with driving while intoxicated, vehicular assault, reckless endangerment, and failure to yield to an emergency vehicle.

2 On Your Side has confirmed that Gilray, Jr. is a civilian dispatcher with the Erie County Sheriff's Department since 2010. As a result of this incident he has been suspended without pay until further notice.


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