4 teens hospitalized after Labor Day crash in Ridgeway
Press release, Orleans County Sheriff’s Department
RIDGEWAY – A noon-hour Labor Day crash sent four teen-agers from Medina to the hospital.
The incident occurred shortly after 12 p.m. in the 2500 block of Angling Road in the town of Ridgeway. A 2005 Chevrolet Cavalier was travelling north in an unpaved section of Angling Road when the driver lost control of the car. It crossed the roadway, ran off the west side and struck a utility pole.
The driver of the vehicle is identified as Austin A. Heideman, 16. The front seat passenger is identified as Michael D. Moore, 17, whose father owns the car. The rear-seat passengers were Julie M. Luczak, 17, and Summer Wisniewski, 15.
Moore and Luczak were flown to Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo by Mercy Flight helicopter. Wisniewski was transported to ECMC by ground ambulance. Heideman was transported by ground ambulance to Medina Memorial Hospital. None of the injuries are believed to be life-threatening.
Initially deputies were lead to believe that Moore was the driver of the car. However, after investigation it was determined that Heideman was behind the wheel at the time of the crash. He is facing numerous traffic charges including unlicensed operation, reckless driving, and unsafe speed. He will appear in Town of Ridgeway Court at a later date.
The incident was investigated by Deputy J.W. Halstead, with assistance by Sergeant D.W. Covis.