An Erie County Sheriff’s deputy was charged with driving while intoxicated and vehicular assault after he allegedly struck and critically injured a motorcyclist from behind at about 4 a.m. Saturday, Amherst police said.
The deputy, Michael E. Haug, 28, of Kenmore, was off-duty at the time of the crash, authorities said.
The victim, Daniel J. Colosimo, 37, of the Town of Tonawanda was thrown from his 1982 Suzuki motorcycle. He was taken to Erie County Medical Center where he was being treated for head injuries. Amherst police said doctors listed him in critical condition.
Investigators with the Amherst Police Accident Investigation Unit said in a statement that the incident occurred at about 4:07 a.m. Colosimo was stopped at a red light on the westbound side of Sheridan Drive, at Bailey Avenue. He was struck from behind by Haug, who was driving a 2011 Jeep, police said.
Haug was arrested and taken to Amherst Police headquarters ….MORE