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Son of Norwich Fire Chief killed a day before father's retirement celebration

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBNG) -- After more than 30 years of service, the chief of the City of Norwich Fire Department was preparing to celebrate the end of his career this Wednesday. 

Chief Tracy Chawgo was scheduled have an open house at the fire station Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., but a tragedy has canceled the party and left the Norwich community in mourning. 

According to the Niagara County Sheriff's Office, Chawgo's son Bradley, 23, died Monday night in a motorcycle crash in the town of Cambria, which is in the Buffalo area. Bradley was a graduate of Norwich City School District in 2013.

According to deputies, Bradley Chawgo was riding his motorcycle around 11 p.m. Monday when he was struck by a car. Deputies say Chawgo died along Saunders Settlement Road after an on-coming SUV driven by Ajjada Amos,19, of Niagara Falls crossed the center line and struck his motorcycle head on. 

Investigators said Chawgo was thrown from his bike and dragged under Amos' vehicle for about 100 feet before it caught fire. 

"It's all over the thruway signs: Look twice, save a life. It's all you've got to do. Be patient. You know they're out there, look for the lights," said Lt. David Warsocki of the Niagara County Sheriff's Office. "Double check. Look left, look right, look left again. It just can't be stressed enough. There does not appear to be any impairment or intoxication whatsoever at this point."

Amos was given a field sobriety test on scene and willingly gave a blood sample. According to deputies, Amos believes she fell asleep while driving. 

When sheriff's deputies arrived at the scene, they found the motorcycle and the SUV in a ditch. Amos was taken to a hospital to be evaluated, but she was not hurt, authorities said. According to investigators, charges against her are pending, dependant on the findings of the accident investigation unit. 

Bradley Chawgo ran track while he attended Norwich City High School. He won the talent contest his senior year and was voted "Most likely to sell art on the streets of Paris" by his classmates. 

Tuesday's Norwich City Common Council meeting has been postponed until next Tuesday. 

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