WARSAW, N.Y. (WIVB) — Seven people were hospitalized when two vehicles crashed Thursday night in Wyoming County.
Specifically, it happened around 6 p.m. on routes 20A and 238 in Warsaw. The Wyoming County Sheriff’s office says Kuanysh Baimurat, 23, a resident of Kazakhstan, was driving an SUV eastbound at extreme speeds. Six others were in the vehicle with him, some of whom weren’t wearing seatbelts, authorities say.
According to witness accounts and a law enforcement investigation, Baimurat had passed multiple vehicles at a time and passed others in a no-passing zone right before the collision.
“Baimurat was also reported to have been traveling at reckless, extreme speeds, and he was found to be driving with a NYS permit only, without a licensed driver in the vehicle,” the Sheriff’s office said.
The collision itself occurred when another SUV ahead of him, a Ford Explorer, had slowed to turn left onto Route 238. Baimurat then struck the Ford’s driver side, knocking it partially off the roadway, authorities said.
Baimurat’s vehicle left the roadway and overturned several times.
“Occupants of Baimurat’s vehicle were either ejected from the vehicle or injured from being thrown throughout the interior of the vehicle,” the Sheriff’s Office said.
Baimurat was uninjured, refusing medical treatment before deputies took him into custody. Four others were taken to ECMC by ambulance while three were taken by Mercy Flight. As of Friday, all seven had been released from the hospital.
According to the Sheriff’s office, Baimurat and his passengers were traveling from Niagara Falls to Philadelphia.
Baimurat has been charged with several crimes and traffic and vehicle violations, including reckless endangerment, reckless driving, and driving without a license. After being charged, he was released with a court appearance ticket. He’ll be in court on September 6.