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Man indicted for allegedly making false report resulting in serious crash involving Buffalo police

Posted at 3:44 PM, Dec 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-08 15:44:51-05

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — A Buffalo man was arraigned on an indictment charging him with one count of falsely reporting an incident in the first degree Tuesday.

The Erie County District Attorney's Office says 60-year-old William Gray is accused of making a false 911 report of a person with a knife on Wyoming Avenue on April 15. A responding Buffalo police vehicle was involved in a serious crash on Main Street near Benwood Avenue as a result.

Officials say the officer, two occupants of another other vehicle and two pedestrians were taken to the hospital.

One of the pedestrians, Chelsea Ellis, suffered serious injuries. A GoFundMe was started for Ellis due to her medical bills and she spent some time at a facility in Colorado receiving treatment. She continues to recover from her serious injuries but was welcomed home in October for the first time in six months.

Officials say the other four individuals were treated and released.

Gray faces a maximum of seven years in prison and is scheduled to return on January 26. He remains released on his own recognizance.