Motorcycle Crash Claims Two Lives

November 12, 2012 Updated Nov 12, 2012 at 11:49 AM EDT

By WKBW News
By Jaclyn Asztalos

November 12, 2012 Updated Nov 12, 2012 at 11:49 AM EDT

AMHERST, NY (WKBW) - A man crashes into a group of people on a bike path near Tonawanda Creek Road. The two victims who lost their lives were Jocelyn Elberson, 25, and Sheila Pelton, 81. Sheila's husband Foster suffered injuries in the crash.

The people were walking in separate groups along the path when David Smith, 53, slammed into them with his motorcycle. Smith did not suffer major injuries but is in serious trouble.

Authorities said alcohol was a factor and Smith is being charged with Criminally Negligent Homicide and DWI. Investigators drew blood from Smith and he could face addition charges.

Authorities are still trying to find out if speed was a factor. Resident Edie Coyne lives nearby. She said the speed limit is only 25 miles per hour but people drive much faster.

"People go very fast down this Tonawanda Creek. They don't obey the speed limit. They just go. It's very busy and we have cars traveling at great speeds.

It's a miracle something hasn't happened before," Coyne said.

Meanwhile, friends and family of Elberson have been posting heartfelt messages on her Facebook page.

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