HAMBURG, N.Y. -- Southwestern Boulevard (Route 20) near Lakeview was closed between Lakeview and North Creek at the town line Tuesday night due to a serious accident involving two young drivers.
Hamburg police say a vehicle operated by Kevin Demert Jr., 21, of Farnham, crossed the center line and hit a vehicle being driven by Ashley Derenda, 18, of Orchard Park. A passenger in Derenda's vehicle, Caleb Bantin-Barney, 19, was also injured in the crash.
Although the investigation is continuing, police said it appears Demert may have been speeding and made an unsafe lane change leading to the accident.
Both drivers were taken to the Erie County Medical Center by Mercy Flight. Bantin-Barney was taken to ECMC by ambulance. As of Wednesday afternoon, both Derenda and Bantin-Barney were listed in critical condition. Demert is listed in fair condition.
The collision happened at about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday on Southwestern Boulevard near Lake View Road.