NFTA Police Officer in Critical Condition

November 14, 2011 Updated Nov 14, 2011 at 8:11 PM EDT

By Ed Reilly

November 14, 2011 Updated Nov 14, 2011 at 8:11 PM EDT

(Hamburg, NY) Niagara Frontier Transit Authority (NFTA) police officer, Michael Insalaco, is in critical condition at the Erie County Medical Center.

Around 1am Sunday morning, November 13, Michael Insalaco's car crashed into a utility pole and rolled several times.

The 42-year old NFTA police officer was not on duty at the time of the crash.

The accident happened near Legion and Maelou Drives in the Town of Hamburg.

It was discovered by Patrol Officer Dan Cronmiller from the Town of Hamburg Police.

Officer Cronmiller saw a damaged utility pole and decided to investigate further in the night darkness.

He discovered Insalaco's crashed vehicle, which had tumbled away from the impact area.

"I like to commend him for his actions," says Chief of NFTA Police, George W. Gast.

Michael Insalaco was taken to South Buffalo Mercy Hospital and later transferred to Erie County Medical Center where he remains in critical condition.

The cause of the one-car accident is still under investigation by Town of Hamburg Police.

This is the second time that the Insalaco family has dealt with a terrible tragedy.

In 1987, Deputy Robert Insalaco, Micheal's father, was shot and killed in the line of duty.

It happened in North Collins, NY when Erie County Sheriff's Deputy Robert Insalaco served an arrest warrant on Paul Olsen.

Olsen pulled out a hand gun and shot Deputy Robert Insalaco at point blank range in the head.

After his father's death, Michael Insalaco took up a career in law enforcement.

Michael Insalaco worked with the Gowanda and Blasdell Police departments before joining the NFTA Police in 1996.