Driver allegedly leaves scene of accident

A Dunkirk driver was charged after allegedly leaving the scene of an accident Monday afternoon. Dunkirk Police reported to the scene of a two-car crash at the intersection of Maple Avenue and Sixth Street shortly before 3:30 p.m.

According to police, Kristin N. Monsour-Devino, 27, of Morewood Drive was stopped in traffic behind an unknown vehicle on Sixth Street. Monsour-Devino allegedly decided to change course of direction and pull out in the attempt to make a left turn onto Maple when she collided with a vehicle driven by Susan L. Haase, 55, of Washington Avenue. Haase’s vehicle, a Verizon company vehicle, had damage to the left rear bumper, causing the bumper to partially detach. The vehicle was towed from the scene.

Monsour-Devino allegedly left the scene of the accident, but was stopped by Dunkirk Police a short time later with help from a witness who provided a positive identification of the vehicle. Monsour-Devino allegedly admitted to the accident when questioned by police and was found in alleged possession of a controlled substance. She was charged with third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, leaving the scene of a property damage accident, seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and second-degree criminally using drug paraphernalia.

A passenger in the vehicle, Jonathan Herdzik, 30, of Serval Street was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and second-degree criminally using drug paraphernalia for also being in alleged possession of a controlled substance.

Both were released to appear in Dunkirk City Court at a later date. No injuries were reported in the accident.