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GOWANDA – A village and community are in mourning after a serious accident claimed the life of another resident and left another in serious condition Thursday afternoon.

The Gowanda Police Department and the Gowanda Volunteer Fire Department have reported that Elizabeth Tonello, 27, of 93 Johnson Street, died after a horrific accident at 12:41 p.m. on Sand Hill Road. Police reported that his vehicle was heading west and appeared to be crossing the eastbound lane when it struck the head of an eastbound vehicle. The vehicle was driven by Neal Bennett from Route 438.

Bennett was transported to ECMC in Buffalo by Mercy Flight and was listed in serious condition.

Tonello was responding to a family emergency at the time of the accident. In a GoFundMe account set up Thursday evening, he mentions the death of his father.

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“Today we lost a beautiful and amazing young woman Lizzy and her father John. John left behind his beautiful wife Terry of 45 years old.

“He also left behind 11 children, from the oldest to the youngest John, Matt, Dan, Dave, Jeremiah. Thérèse, Marie, Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel, Eliana. He was self-employed after working for some time at Cliffstar.

“Lizzy liked to walk and read and liked to play with her nieces and nephews. She worked at Gowanda High School helping children with special needs and at Creekside Market. Lizzy loved to help others. She taught the children to mow. She loved being outside and she loved it when the family got together. She also enjoyed attending her church at Gowanda Free Methodist.

“If you could save even $ 5 it would mean so much to this family. They are such amazing, generous and loving family, friends, and church members. “

As of Friday afternoon, there were 293 donors with over $ 17,000 raised with a goal of $ 25,000. The GoFundMe site is https://gofund.me/e48e31bf

An investigation into the accident is being carried out by the state police. The Collins and Collins Center Fire Companies assisted with on-scene extrication, traffic control, and landing zone setup for Mercy Flight at the Gowanda Fire Hall.

“Our sincere prayers and condolences go out to the families concerned”, the Gowanda Volunteer Fire Department noted in a Facebook post.

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