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NEWFANE – A driver critically injured in a rollover crash on Ridge Road Saturday was identified by the Niagara Sheriff’s Office and charged with driving while intoxicated.

Joshua S. Jackson, 23, of Waterport – whose friends said he was the designated driver during a night out in a Buffalo bar district – remained in critical condition in the trauma unit at Erie County Medical Center today. Jackson was thrown from his car just after 5 a.m. Saturday at Ridge and Day roads. He was found resting face down in the grass near a tree, in a yard in the 7000 block of Ridge Road.

Jackson’s two passengers, Morris Taylor III and Moses Taylor, both 22 and of Albion, were able to climb out of the vehicle before emergency responders arrived. Both were evaluated at the scene and signed off on medical care.

The men told deputies they had driven to Buffalo in their sister’s car, with Jackson driving, to go to the bar district. Moses Taylor told deputies that Jackson was their designated driver. Taylor said he bought Jackson two drinks, but did not see Jackson drinking. Both men said they left Buffalo about 4 a.m. and immediately fell asleep, but were awakened by the crash.

Following a preliminary investigation by the Niagara County Sheriff Accident Investigation Unit, Jackson was charged with DWI in Erie County Medical Center. Further charges are pending following consultation with the District Attorney’s office, deputies said.

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