NIAGARA FALLS – An alleged drunken cab driver and his teenage passenger were rushed to Erie County Medical Center early this morning after the taxi rolled over multiple times in the vicinity of 11th Street and Ontario Avenue, authorities said.
City firefighters at Firehouse No. 3, situated at the intersection, provided immediate first aid at the crash, which occurred at about 2:35 a.m., according to investigators.
Daniel Lounsbury, 53, of Niagara Falls, the driver, who was charged with driving while intoxicated, suffered a broken back, arm, leg and nose, according to Amber Keough, a dispatcher for Blue United Taxi.
Police Capt. Salvatore Pino said Lounsbury’s nor his 17-year-old female passenger, also of Niagara Falls, suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
Neither the driver nor the passenger in the taxi was wearing seatbelts, according to Pino.
He said Lounsbury was still in the cab when first responders arrived, which was crushed, and the teen was thrown from the vehicle.
Witnesses and police said Lounsbury appeared intoxicated, which prompted the alcohol-related charge, Pino said.
“He was driving north on 11th Street and he struck a utility pole cutting it in half and then he rolled two or three times and hit a second utility pole and then he rolled onto a front lawn right near the firehouse at 11th and Ontario,” the captain said. “The vehicle was completely destroyed. Luckily the firemen were right there within seconds and administered first aid.”
Traffic investigation officers are continuing their review and more charges are expected.