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Friday, June 12, 2015

TOWN OF TONAWANDA — The investigation into the boating accident on Ellicott Creek that claimed the life of a 16-year-old Lockport girl is ongoing according to Town of Tonawanda Police.

Avery L. Gardner of Lockport died after she hit her head on an abutment from a pedestrian bridge over Ellicott Creek Thursday morning.

Town of Tonawanda Police say they have received assistance from the Erie County Sherriff’s Department Marine Unit and the New York State Police.

The names of the boat's other two passengers are still not being released.

"Speed of the boat and alcohol and not ruled out as possible contributing factors," according to a press release from Town of Tonawanda PD. "We are still talking to witnesses and processing physical evidence."

Police have been in communication with the Erie County District Attorney’s Office regarding any charges that may occur, but advise that "it is not likely that a decision about charges will happen today."

An online fund drive was created Thursday evening to raise money for Gardner's funeral costs. The drive us up to $1,255 as of 1 p.m. — with a goal of $5,000.


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