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Police release name of teen who died in West Seneca Mother's Day crash

Posted at 10:54 AM, May 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-13 17:17:12-04

WEST SENECA, N.Y. (WKBW) — West Seneca Police say one person died and five others were injured following a Mother's Day morning crash.

Police said 17-year-old Tyler Wackowski, of Sloan, died as a result of the crash. An autopsy was expected to be done Monday.

The car was engulfed in flames when first responders arrived on the scene of the crash. Firefighters were called in to extinguish the fire.

Everybody in the vehicle escaped except for Wackowski who was driving the car.

Five people were taking to the hospital. Four of the five passengers have been released from the hospital.

Police said they believe at least three passengers were not wearing their seatbelts. "We believe most of the injuries were from not wearing seatbelts," said Lt. James Unger.

Police believe that speed was a contributing factor.

Beer cans were found inside and outside the vehicle. However, police said it is not clear at this time if alcohol played a role in the crash.

The one-vehicle crash occurred at the intersection of Langner and Fisher Roads in West Seneca just after 5 a.m. Sunday.

"The West Seneca Police are deeply saddened by this tragedy and pray for the family of the victim on what should be a happy Mother's Day," said West Seneca Police Lieutenant James Unger.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation by the the West Seneca Police Accident Investigation Unit. It could be some time before we know whether Wackowski was drinking that night. A toxicology report isn't expected for six to eight weeks.