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Crash kills Springville man March 1

SPRINGVILLE — Erie County Sheriff’s deputies investigated a motor vehicle accident on March 1 that resulted in the death of a Springville man.

Joseph Pinelli, 31, was operating a small car, southbound on Route 240, in the town of Concord. According to witnesses, Pinelli’s car veered to the right side of the southbound lane, then across the roadway into the northbound lane and was struck broadside by a pickup truck, operated by William Hastie, 21, of Angola. The impact sent Pinelli’s vehicle into a ditch.

Several motorists stopped and attempted to assist Pinelli, who was trapped in the car. Members of the East Concord Fire Company extricated the victim and he was transported to Bertrand Chaffee Hospital in Springville, where he died, a short time later.

The investigation is continuing. At the time of the collision, the roadway was wet from falling snow, but had not become snow-covered.

The initial investigation determined that the victim was not wearing a seat belt.
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