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Updated: 03/30/09 11:25 PM

Paladino's son dies from car crash injuries

By Sharon Linstedt

Patrick Paladino, the youngest son of Buffalo developer Carl Paladino, died this evening in Erie County Medical Center from injuries suffered in a car crash over the weekend.

The elder Paladino confirmed tonight that his son, 29, died as a result of severe head injuries suffered in the one-car crash early Saturday on Grand Island.

An investigation continues into the crash, which occurred on South Parkway at the entrance to Beaver Island State Park.

"Our family is completely saddened by Patrick's death. We loved him so much and he was just really starting his life," Carl Paladino said.

Patrick Paladino was driving a black sport utility vehicle about 1:20 a.m. on South Parkway when he apparently failed to negotiate a turn in the road and lost control of the SUV, Erie County sheriff's officials said.

The vehicle went airborne, traveled across the traffic circle at Beaver Island and overturned several times, shearing off a tree in the process, authorities reported.

Patrick Paladino was the only one in the vehicle at the time. He was ejected from the impact and thrown about 100 feet.

He never regained consciousness following the crash, his father said.

A graduate of Bishop Timon High School, Patrick Paladino attended St. Bonaventure University before joining his father's business. The Buffalo resident was working as a project manager in Ellicott Development's hotel division at the time of his death.

He was the youngest of three Paladino children, all of which work for Ellicott Development. Includes reporting by News Staff Reporter T.J. Pignataro.