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New York Sheriff's Deputy Dies After Car Accident

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July 05, 2004

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New York Sheriff's Deputy Dies After Car Accident

Officer Down: Derek Ward - [Angelica, New York]

The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

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 Haylea.

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