Tow Truck Driver Believed to be Texting or Talking on Phone

3:04 PM, Jul 30, 2009   |    comments
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The Niagara County Sheriffs Department has seized the work and personal cell phones of the tow truck driver involved in a Wednesday morning accident in Lockport.

The Sheriff's Department says it has probable cause to believe 25-year-old Nicholas Sparks of Burt was texting or talking on one of the phones by his own admission. According to the Sheriff's Department, speed also may have been a contributing factor.

Sparks is charged with reckless driving, talking on his cell and reckless endangerment, more charges are pending.

According to the Sheriff's Department, the tow truck rear ended a car that was turning left off of Tonawanda Creek Road onto Littlewood Road. Investigators say the tow truck was driving at a high speed, and did not attempt to stop.

When it hit the car, a few of the cars attached to the tow truck released and were sent into a nearby house. The tow truck finally stopped in an inground pool.

68-year-old Lilly White of Lockport was driving the car that was hit. She was taken to ECMC with a head injury and is in serious condition.

Her 8-year-old grand niece was in the back seat. She was taken to Women and Children's Hospital with minor injuries.

Niagara County Sheriff

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