Grand Island, N.Y. (WKBW) - An elderly man is being investigated after he slammed into a car, killing three people. Richard Hildebrand, 87, is in critical condition at ECMC after he was going the wrong way on the I-190 and caused the deadly crash.
Those victims who died were Rezwan Chowdhurdy, Nazim Khan and Shofiul Alom, all in their early twenties. The men were visiting Niagara Falls from a town outside Detroit, Michigan. They were headed home when they were hit.
"I heard a smash sound and it woke me up out of bed," Witness Crystal Kirtz said.
Their car was hit head-on by a Kia Sorrento, driven by Hildebrand. Police said Hildebrand drove nearly eight miles in the wrong direction, from Ontario Street in Buffalo over the South Grand Island Bridge.
"One of the reports was that he just passed him on the South Grand Island Bridge," New York State Police Zone Sergeant Brian Guise said.
State Police, based out of Cheektowaga, were rushing to track him down but they were just too late. Hildebrand entered the Thruway and slammed right into the tourists' car.
"If you go up the ramp the wrong way and see no one coming at you, you might think it is the normal ramp," Sergeant Guise said.
It's still unclear at this time exactly why Hildebrand became confused. He remains in critical condition at ECMC, along with the driver of the car, Burhanur Rahman. Authorities said there were no drugs or alcohol involved with the accident.
Police continue to investigate and many of the victims' families are headed to Western New York. They are also hoping to find more information about the tragedy.