Bio & Incident Details
Tour: 15 years
Badge # Not available
Cause: Automobile crash
Detective Wasyl Potienko was killed in an automobile accident on Broadway near Lackawana Street.
Detective Potienko was en route to lunch when his unmarked patrol car was struck by a recycling truck and then pushed into the path of an oncoming pickup truck. Detective Potienko was thrown from his car and received fatal injuries. He was transferred to Erie County Medical Center where he succumbed to his injuries a short time later.
Detective Potienko had been a member of the Cheektowaga Police Department for 15 years, and is survived by his wife.