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An Allegany County Sheriff's deputy died Saturday at the Erie County
Medical Center from injuries he sustained in an accident Friday on
duty in Rushford.
Derek Ward, 28, a seven-year veteran of the department, was driving
west on Route 243 in a marked sheriff's vehicle when Lynn Barber, 88,
failed to yield the right of way while traveling north on Buffalo
Street and struck Ward?s vehicle, police said.
No charges had been filed against Barber of Belfast, Allegany County,
as of Sunday, and New York State Police are investigating the
accident, said State Police Sgt. Keith Golden.
Ward was a certified instructor who specialized in firearms and
defensive tactics. He was a lifelong resident of Angelica, Allegany
County, and is survived by wife Crystal and 3-year-old daughter
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