BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - An erratic driver was caught on camera turning Main Street into mayhem in Buffalo's University District.
The damage began at Main and Minnesota and stretched for nearly a mile, to Amherst Street. In the end, several cars were damaged and an SUV had rolled over. Though the crash happened Monday, police are not releasing the name of the driver and will only say that no charges have been filed at this time.
See the included video from www.steveboyd.com:
Personal injury attorney Steve Boyd captured incredible video of the crash. His son Patrick had just received his learner's permit and the father and son were on their way home when they came upon a weaving car. Boyd, a former TV reporter, handed Patrick his phone, who then captured the ensuing damage on camera.
"It was really disturbing, to be perfectly honest with you," Boyd said. "We see this SUV go up on the curb. Then he goes back into traffic. Then back up onto the curb."
Seconds after they turned off the camera, Boyd says the suv driver rear-ended a woman in a car waiting to turn left.
"A lot of people got out of their cars to try and help this lady. She was very disoriented," Boyd said.
He couldn't tell whether the SUV's driver was impaired, or suffering a medical condition. But Boyd says he was sure of one thing.
"Clearly, he reacted to the fact he was in trouble and he sped off," Boyd said. "A bunch of the adults there were like, 'Don't leave.' And I pulled my phone out and said, 'Buddy, I got you on videotape,' and he just took off."
Moments later, the SUV hit three more parked cars and flipped over. Boyd gave police copies of his video to help their investigation. And he hopes making it public helps drive home the same lesson it did for his son.
"Hopefully there's some benefit as a young driver to see a danger out there, that didn't look all that dangerous while this gentleman was going so slowly. But it was dangerous," Boyd said.
The attorney told News 4 that he knows what some people might think about a personal injury attorney, coming upon a car accident scene. But he says he's not representing the victim who was rear-ended and he never even told her he's a lawyer.
The woman whose vehicle was rear-ended was treated at the hospital and released. Police say the driver of the SUV suffered non-life threatening injuries.
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