An 18-year-old resident of the Tuscarora Indian Reservation died from his injuries late Sunday morning after being partially trapped under an overturned SUV that had been involved in a two-vehicle crash in the Town of Lewiston, police reported.
Brett McKee was killed in the crash that occurred shortly after 11 a.m. on Upper Mountain Road at Susie’s Lane on the reservation, Lewiston police said.
The driver of the SUV, Skyler T. Zephier, who had left the crash scene after the collision, was charged with driving while intoxicated, according to police reports. Witnesses told police that after the collision he was standing in the roadway, covered in blood, before he left the scene.
Police responding to the crash found the SUV lying upside down and the other vehicle in a nearby field. Investigators say the SUV driven by Zephier was heading south on Susie’s Lane when it failed to yield to the other vehicle, causing the collision in the intersection. The other driver, Jason D. Cramer, 38, was taken to Erie County Medical Center with a leg injury described as non-life-threatening.