Area Police

Name released in fatal crash in Concord

OBSERVER Staff Report

CONCORD – The name of a 32-year-old man killed in a motor vehicle accident on Route 240 in the town of Concord Saturday around 10:30 p.m. has been released.

According to the Erie County Sheriff’s Office, Joseph R. Pinelli of Springville was operating a small car southbound on the roadway.

Witnesses told deputies Pinelli’s car veered to the right side of the southbound lane and then across the roadway into the northbound lane. The victim’s vehicle was struck broadside by a pickup truck driven by 21-year-old William Hastie of Angola. The impact sent the victim’s vehicle into a ditch.

Several motorists reportedly stopped and attempted to assist Pinelli, who was trapped in the car.

Members of the East Concord Fire Company extricated the victim and he was transported to Bertrand Chaffee Hospital in Springville, where he died a short time later.

The investigation is continuing.

At the time of the collision, the roadway was wet from falling snow, but had not become snow-covered.

The initial investigation has determined the victim was not wearing a seat belt.

State police request public assistance

in solving case

on I-86 in Randolph

RANDOLPH – Jamestown State Police are investigating a reckless endangerment case that occurred on I-86 eastbound in Randolph at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday.

The State Police are requesting the public’s assistance with identifying the people who threw an object off the Archer Hill Road overpass, striking a tractor trailer passing below, which caused significant damage to its windshield.

Anyone with information should contact Jamestown State Police at 665-3114.

New York State Police at Amity

JAMESTOWN – On Saturday, State Police in Amity arrested Jonathan M. Aldrich, 23, of Jamestown. Aldrich was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, criminal possession of a hypodermic instrument, unlawful possession of marijuana, and vehicle and traffic infractions.

He was issued appearance tickets and traffic tickets returnable to the Town of Angelica Court on Saturday at 7 p.m.

New York State Police at Fredonia

On Saturday, Fredonia troopers arrested Susan Helfrey, 55, of Meadville, Pa., for driving while intoxicated following a traffic stop on Matteson Street at Chestnut Street.

Helfrey was processed at Fredonia State Police and provided a breath sample, which showed a .15 percent blood alcohol level.

She is scheduled to appear in the Village of Fredonia Court on March 19 at 9 a.m.