WHEATFIELD, N.Y. (WIVB) — A North Tonawanda High School senior was killed in the Town of Wheatfield after a crash in front of 2843 Niagara Falls Boulevard, near Ward Road, Wednesday night.
Deputies with the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office say they found a heavily damaged vehicle at 8 p.m. on the north side of the roadway when they arrived on the scene.
Investigation shows the 17-year-old driver just passed Ward Road traveling westbound on the boulevard when it began to swerve and left the roadway, striking a telephone pole and a tree before stopping.
The victim, Michael Marra, was pronounced dead at Niagara Falls Memorial Hospital.
The Niagara County Sheriff’s Office says the crash remains under investigation.
The school district released a statement on Marra’s death:
“We regret the need to share that today North Tonawanda High School grieves the sudden, tragic loss of student Michael Marra, a member of the class of 2020. Our deepest sympathies are extended to Michael’s family and friends. The NTHS Crisis Response Team convened this morning to plan for support services that students and staff may need during the difficult days that lay ahead. Grief Counselors will be available at North Tonawanda High School on Wednesday, January 22 and Thursday, January 23 between 8:00 AM and 3:30 PM.”