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More information released about deadly Dunkirk car accident

Luis Perez-Torres and Erik Rodriguez Montalvo, also known as Erik M. Medina Rodriguez, both from Dunkirk died as a result of the accident.

DUNKIRK, N.Y. — Two people died in an accident involving four cars in the City of Dunkirk on Thursday, Aug. 11. The accident occurred around 6 p.m. on Central Avenue near Howard Street.

Information from police indicates that Luis Perez-Torres of Dunkirk was driving a 2001 Toyota at a high speed heading north on Central Avenue approaching Howard Avenue. 

Perez-Torres hit a vehicle heading north that had been stopped at a red light. He also hit a second car also heading north at the same intersection before Perez-Torres continued through the intersection and hit a third vehicle that was stopped at the light facing south, according to police.

The vehicle Perez-Torres was driving then overturned and Perez-Torres as well as Erik Rodriguez Montalvo, also known as Erik M. Medina Rodriguez, 17, of Dunkirk, were ejected from the vehicle, which came to rest upside down on the northbound lane of Central Avenue.

Perez-Torres died at the scene and Rodriguez Montalvo was taken to Brooks Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead, according to police.

A third passenger in Perez-Torres' vehicle was flown to Hamot Medical Center in Erie, Pennsylvania. Two other victims were taken to Brooks Memorial Hospital for treatment. 

The accident is still under investigation. Anyone who witnessed the accident is asked to call the Dunkirk Police Department at (716) 366-2266.

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