Cabbie Warned Driver in Deadly Crash

January 25, 2011 Updated Jan 25, 2011 at 7:54 PM EDT

By Ed Reilly

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January 25, 2011 Updated Jan 25, 2011 at 7:54 PM EDT

(Buffalo, NY) As a cab driver, Brian Farmel has seen a lot of bad drivers and even a few accidents. But Saturday mornings fatal crash on Route 33 in Buffalo is unlike anything he has seen before.

"It is still a little fuzzy to me. I still see the gentleman's face in my head," says Farmel.

Saturday morning just after 4am, Brian Farmel was driving his Broadway Taxi cab outbound on the Kensington Expressway. That's when he noticed a red pickup truck speeding the wrong way in the westbound lanes.

"I just tried to flash him with my high beams so it might slow him down," continues Brian Farmel. "I would say {he was going} a high rate of speed . . . say about 80 miles per hour."

The 10-year veteran cab driver radioed his dispatcher at Broadway Taxi to alert 9-1-1 but it was too late.

"As soon as he got past Best Street right around that curve, he smashed right head on into another vehicle. No brake lights, no stopping, just straight head-on."

The pickup truck was reportedly driven by 24-year old Matthew Ruckdaschel from Getzville. It crashed into a Jeep Cherokee carrying 2 men; 37-year old Orlando Anderson from Buffalo and his cousin, 42-year old Thomas Johnson from Cleveland, Ohio.

Both men in the SUV were pronounced dead at the scene. Initially, rescuers thought Ruckdaschel had died also until someone spotted movement. He was taken to the Erie County Medical Center where he remains in critical condition.

Buffalo Police continue to investigate the accident and are waiting for results from tests. They tell Eyewitness News that charges are pending.