Traffic safety instructor busted for fleeing accident

| 7/30/2002

A Niagara Falls, NY, traffic safety instructor was charged with leaving the scene of an accident last week. He allegedly crashed into a city detective's parked pickup truck outside police headquarters and drove off.

Sam Rotella of Lewiston, NY, was pulled over shortly after fleeing the scene. Rotella, known as "Seat Belt Sam," reportedly was dropping off brochures about his driver safety course at traffic court.

While driving away, Rotella allegedly looked left and suddenly veered right, striking the side of the pickup with his Toyota sedan. Rotella later claimed he left the scene to report the accident to his insurance agent.

Rotella teaches traffic safety to traffic violators who are trying to keep points off their driver's licenses.