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Niagara County sheriff's deputy critically injured in crash responding to aid call

Deputy Allen Gerhardt
Niagara County Sheriff's Department
Deputy Allen Gerhardt

By WBFO News

Porter, NY – A one-vehicle accident on Lake Road in the Town of Porter sent a Niagara County sheriff's deputy to the hospital with serious injuries.

Deputy Allen Gerhardt, 36, of Newfane, was injured just before 1:30 a.m. He was transported by Mercy Flight to Erie County Medical Center, where he was in the trauma unit with severe injuries,according to Niagara County Sheriff James Voutour.

Authorities said Gerhardt, a two-year veteran of the sheriff's department, was responding to aid another officer when he lost control of his patrol car and struck a guard rail on Lake road near Ransomville road.

Voutour said the other deputy came upon a property damage accident in Ransomville and when he approached the car, the driver, Todd Hauser, 34, of Ransomville, got out and ran.

Hauser was located a few hours later and charged with driving while intoxicated, leaving the scene from an accident. More serious charges could be pending.

Gerhardt is a 13-year veteran of the U.S. Army National Guard and served a year in Iraq from August 2006 to 2007 as a pilot, serving hundreds of combat missions in Iraq.