2 die, 6 others hospitalized after crash in Town of Royalton

Niagara County

ROYALTON, N.Y. (WIVB) — Wednesday night around 7:30 p.m., two vehicles were involved in a fatal crash in the Town of Royalton.

The Niagara County Sheriff’s Office says the vehicles collided at Lewiston Rd. and Griswold St.

Investigators say the southbound vehicle on Griswold failed to stop at a stop sign before it collided with the eastbound vehicle on Lewiston Rd.

Seven people were inside the eastbound vehicle. The two adults were taken to ECMC, four children were taken to Oishei Children’s Hospital and a fifth child was taken to Eastern Niagara Hospital in Lockport.

That fifth child was pronounced dead at the hospital. The Niagara County Sheriff’s Office provided an update later Thursday morning, saying the girl’s mother, who was driving, had died as well.

The front seat passenger is in stable condition, two of the children are in critical condition, one is in guarded and critical condition and the other child is in guarded, but stable condition.

Sheriff Michael Filicetti says the family was not from this area.

The sole occupant of the southbound vehicle was treated and released from Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital.

Alcohol and drug impairment have been ruled out as factors in this crash.

UPDATE (11/26/2020 – 6:00 p.m.)

The Office of the Niagara County Sheriff has released the names of those involved in the crash.

Danielle Dujenski, 31 years old, from the Town of Machias, N.Y. has been identified as the deceased driver of the eastbound vehicle.

Garrett Dujenski, 30 years old, from the Town of Machias, N.Y. has been identified as the surviving front seat passenger of the eastbound vehicle.

The child killed in the eastbound vehicle has been identified as two and a half years old.

We’re told the Dujenski’s had five children in the car, ranging from one to eleven years old.

Daniel Verratti, 65 years old, from the Town of Royalton, N.Y. has been identified as the surviving sole driver of the southbound vehicle.

The Sheriff’s Office says the injuries of the other people involved has not changed.

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