NIAGARA FALLS, NY - A high-speed police chase through the streets of Niagara Falls early Sunday morning ended in a fatal crash for the driver of the pursued vehicle.
New York State Police issued a statement Sunday saying a trooper started chasing the car after it went through a flashing red light at 74th Street and Niagara Falls Boulevard. The trooper was listening to a radio report from Niagara Falls Police about the speeding vehicle when he had to take evasive action to avoid being hit by it.
The car was traveling at a high rate of speed without headlights when the chase began sometime after 4 a.m. Early reports had the car traveling at speeds above 70 mph in a 40 mph zone.
The driver of the vehicle, Lewis R. Worrells, 30, of Niagara Falls, traveled another mile before rear-ending a vehicle at the intersection of Niagara Falls Boulevard and 56th Street, troopers say. He was taken to Erie County Medical Center and later died from his injuries, at 7:26 a.m.
The driver of the other vehicle was taken to Niagara Falls Memorial Hospital, where he refused medical treatment and was released.
New York State Police and Niagara Falls Police continue to investigate the incident.