Medina man among 4 killed in Royalton collision

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 12 October 2022 at 11:39 am

ROYALTON – A Medina man is among the four people who were killed in a two-vehicle collision on Tuesday afternoon in Royalton, State Police said.

Simon P. Fox, 20, of Medina was the front seat passenger of a 2017 Chevrolet Cruze that was in a collision. Fox was pronounced dead at the scene.

Two others in the Cruze – the driver Austin W. Wilson, 20, of Wilson and a rear passenger, William Bernadt IV, 21, of Newfane – also were killed. Both front seat occupants were not wearing a seat belt at the time of the collision, State Police said.

Wilson was driving the Cruze westbound on Slayton Settlement Road at about 3:15 p.m. The vehicle was struck by a 2002 Bear Recreational Vehicle that was traveling south on Orangeport Road and failed to stop, State Police said.

The operator of the RV, Michael H. Duffy, 81, of Sommerton, SC and the passenger, Linda E. Duffy, 80, of Sommerton, SC were transported to Erie County Medical Center in critical condition.  Linda E. Duffy succumbed to her injuries at ECMC, State Police said.

The State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit, Bureau of Criminal Investigation and the Niagara County District Attorney’s Office assisted in the investigation, which remains ongoing.