Kurt and Monica Villani tragically lost their lives in a car crash on Rainbow Bridge last Wednesday, as confirmed by the Niagara Falls Police Department on Friday.
The couple, aged 53, were on their way to a KISS concert when the incident occurred. Initial concerns about a possible terrorist attack led to the temporary closure of the border crossing.
The cause of the accident is still unknown, and what specifically led to the collision is yet to be determined. In the weeks leading up to the tragedy, the couple had reported issues with the accelerator in the Bentley they were driving. However, Bentley has not provided any response to the incident.
On November 22, a Bentley Flying Spur carrying Kurt and Monica went airborne and exploded upon impact at Rainbow Bridge, disrupting the US-Canada border crossing. Despite initial fears, the FBI’s Buffalo office stated on Thursday that there is no evidence linking the incident to terrorism.
The FBI Buffalo has concluded its investigation at Rainbow Bridge, confirming the absence of explosive materials and ruling out any terrorism connection. The Niagara Falls Police Department is now handling the case as a traffic investigation.
The @NiagaraFallsPD have identified the two people killed in a high speed crash on the American side of the Rainbow Bridge on Wednesday Morning: Kurt P Villani, 53, and his wife Monica Villani, 53, both of Grand Island New York.
In response to the accident, US officials temporarily closed four bridge crossings, including Rainbow Bridge, connecting western New York to Ontario, Canada. Additional security checks were implemented at Buffalo Niagara International Airport, and police patrols in Toronto were heightened.
The tragic event unfolded at Gui’s Lumber site in Niagara Falls, one of the family’s seven businesses. Kurt M. Villani, the father who initiated the chain in 1986, previously faced scrutiny in 2015. After a prolonged investigation by revenue officials, the family’s company was cleared of accusations of underpayment, with authorities acknowledging an “overpayment” of taxes.
This unfortunate incident is not the first time a member of the Villani family has been lost in a vehicle accident. Our thoughts and condolences go out to the family and community during this difficult time.