Williamsville man arrested following fatal airport accident

Deadly Rollover Crash at Airport

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. - NFTA Police arrested a Williamsville man in connection with a fatal rollover crash at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport.

The accident happened around 11:45 p.m. Wednesday.

Police tell 2 On Your Side a pickup truck and another vehicle collided on Luiz F. Kahl Way, which is the entrance road to the airport.  The pickup flipped.

Police identified the driver of the second vehicle as Lawrence Penna, 68, of Williamsville.  Penna is charged with leaving the scene of a fatal accident.  Police arrested him at his home four hours after the crash.

He appeared in Cheektowaga Town Court Thursday morning.

"This was a tragic accident, which was compounded by an individual leaving the scene," said George Gast, NFTA chief of police.

Gast said the pickup driver had just picked up three out-of-towners from the aiport.  One of those passengers died at the scene.

The pickup driver and others were hurt but are expected to be okay. 

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