accident

Thursday, April 20, 2017 at 2:55 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, accident, Eagle, Gainesville.

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Photo submitted by Rachel Brown.

Darren B. Fuller-Goodenow, 19, of Gainesville, was ticketed April 19 with following too closely, after an accident on Route 362, Eagle. Wyoming County Sheriff’s deputies say a farm tractor operated by Robert Buffum, of Arcade, was heading north on Route 362 and had a trailer and set of field rollers in tow.

It is alleged that Fuller-Goodenow struck the rear of the tractor/rollers and his car landed on top of the rollers. He was checked out by Bliss Ambulance and signed off on further treatment. He is due in Eagle Town Court in May.

Monday, April 17, 2017 at 12:23 pm
posted by Howard Owens in Wyoming, crime, accident, news.

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      Nicole Sullivan

A 31-year-old resident of Wyoming has been arrested and accused making up information about a car-tree accident at 2:35 a.m. June 10 on Fargo Road, Stafford, where a disabled passenger was seriously injured.

Nicole Kimberly Sullivan, 31, of North Main Street, Wyoming, is charged with assault, 2nd, endangering the welfare of an incompetent or physically disabled person, falsely reporting an incident and operator leaving the scene of an accident with injuries. 

Sheriff's Office investigators say that following the accident, Sullivan was the actual driver of the vehicle, even though she initially told responders that driver had left the scene. Firefighters and deputies then conducted an extensive search of the area for the possible driver, both to locate the driver and out of concern the driver could be injured.

Later that morning, Sullivan admitted to deputies that she was the driver of the vehicle.

The passenger, Zachery W. Schwarts, 20, was transported by Mercy Flight to Strong Memorial Hospital.

Investigator Joseph Graff and Deputy Eric Meyer, who assisted in the investigation, assert that Sullivan failed to report the accident as soon as she was physically able to do so and that she failed to make timely notification of the need for medical assistance for the injured passenger.

Sullivan was also issued citations for driving left of pavement markings, unlicensed operator, aggravated unlicensed operation, 3rd, failure to notify DMV of address change, no seat belt, and unregistered motor vehicle.

Also assisting in the investigation, Sgt. John Baiocco.

Top photo: File photo.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at 9:12 pm
posted by Howard Owens in accident, news, Arcade.

A vehicle has struck a tree in the area of 1209, Chaffee Road, Arcade.

Strykersville fire and an ambulance dispatched.

Unknown injuries, but Mercy Flight is on ground standby.

UPDATE 9:12 p.m.: One patient, with slight facial injuries, will require ambulance transport.

UPDATE 9:14 p.m.: Mercy Flight cancelled.

Friday, March 17, 2017 at 1:53 pm
posted by Howard Owens in accident, Covington, news.

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One person suffered minor injuries and was transported to an area hospital following a single-car rollover accident at about 11:45 a.m. on Route 19 in Covington.

Pavilion fire and Mercy EMS responded.

Reader submitted photo.

Thursday, March 9, 2017 at 4:13 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, news, accident, Perry.

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Wyoming County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a two-car accident on Route 20A just east of the Perry-Warsaw Airport, Perry.

A silver Subaru was parked on the shoulder of the road when the driver of a Volkswagon Beetle veered out of the lane and struck the Subaru at full speed.

The driver of the Volkswagon was cited for moving from lane unsafely.

Minor injuries were reported.

Deputies were assisted at the scene by Perry Ambulance and Perry Police.

Monday, February 27, 2017 at 4:10 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, accident, news, Cowlesville, Bennington.

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Nicholas Price, 29, of Batavia, was arrested in connection with a hit-and-run accident that happened Jan. 27 in the Town of Bennington.

According to the original report, around 11:50 a.m. a black Hyundai Accent was traveling eastbound when it went off the road on Route 354 in the Hamlet of Cowlesville. 

The car was said to have struck a mailbox, then a red GMC Sierra pickup truck before coming to rest against a tree. 

The driver is accused of fleeing the scene and driving the Hyundai eastbound with extensive damage to the front end.

On Feb. 17, New York State Troopers responded to a medical call on Halstead Road in the Town of Batavia. While at the scene, troopers say they saw a black Hyundai Accent with front end damage similar to what was reported in the Cowlesville incident. 

Upon further investigation, and evidence collected from the scene, officers say they were able to match the suspect vehicle to the original accident.

Subsequently, Price was charged Feb. 24 with criminal mischief in the fourth degree, leaving the scene of property damage accident, reckless driving, moved from lane unsafely, and drove across hazard markings.

He is due in the Town of Bennington Court sometime in March.

See related: Police seeking information in hit and run collision in Cowlesville

Monday, February 20, 2017 at 5:38 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, accident, news.

The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office filed charges Feb. 16 against Nicole K. Sullivan in relation to a one-car accident that occurred during the early morning hours of June 10.

Sullivan, 31, of Perry, is charged with: falsely reporting an incident in the third degree; unlicensed operator of a motor vehicle; aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the third degree; operation of an unregistered motor vehicle; failure to notify the Department of Motor Vehicles of change in address; no seat belt; and driving left of pavement markings.

On June 10, at approximately 2:25 a.m., an accident on Fargo Road, Stafford, was reported. When deputies arrived on the scene, they say they found a male, later identified as Zachery W. Schwartz, 20, unresponsive in the vehicle and a female, Sullivan, on the front porch at a nearby home.

At the time, Sullivan told officers that there was a third occupant, who was driving the car, and fled the scene, traveling north on Fargo Road.

Schwartz was flown via Mercy Flight 5 to Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester, for extensive head injuries. Sullivan was taken via Mercy ambulance to Strong for head and leg injuries.

Fire personnel conducted a thorough search on foot of the surrounding areas using FLIR Technology (thermal imaging) in an attempt to locate the unknown driver involved in the crash. The New York State Police assisted by maintaining a roving perimeter of the area. Area hospitals were also notified to call the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office if they received any potential car accident patients.

Approximately three hours after the accident was reported, Sullivan admitted to police that she and Schwartz were the only occupants in the vehicle and she was the driver.

The charges stem from the allegation that Sullivan was in fact the driver of the car at the time of the collision and she gave false information concerning the details of the incident. It is further alleged that there was not an unknown driver of the car who fled the scene as originally reported by Sullivan.

Assisting at the scene of the accident included Stafford, Batavia, and Le Roy fire departments, Genesee County Emergency Management, and Mercy medics.

Friday, February 17, 2017 at 4:34 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, news, Warsaw, letchworth, accident, deaths, drownings.
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       Chad Staley       Tyler Jennings

The two men charged in the deaths of brothers 9-year-old Dylan and 6-year-old Preston Giangregorio, of Rochester, each pled guilty to one count of criminally negligent homicide.

Tyler Jennings, 34, of Farmington, and Chad Staley, 32, of Rochester, pled to the charge in Wyoming County Court Feb. 15 before Judge Michael Mohun. This charge is a Class E felony with a maximum sentence of one-and-one-third to four years in prison.

In the case of criminal negligence, the carelessness required is appreciably more serious than that for ordinary civil negligence, said Wyoming County District Attorney Donald O’Geen. 

By definition, a person acts with criminal negligence with respect to a death when that person engages in conduct which creates or contributes to a substantial and unjustifiable risk that another person’s death will occur, and when he or she fails to perceive that risk, and when that risk is of such a nature and degree that failure to perceive it constitutes a gross deviation from the standard of care that a reasonable person would observe in the situation.

Both men were each originally charged with: two counts of manslaughter in the second degree, a Class C felony; two counts of criminally negligent homicide, a Class E felony; and 10 counts of endangering the welfare of a child, a Class A misdemeanor.

The original charges stem from a five-month investigation that began June 11 by the New York State Park Police. 

Jennings and Staley were with five children, 5 to 12 years old, in a restricted area of Letchworth State Park June 11. All seven patrons were in the water directly above the Lower Falls when they lost their footing and were swept over the 70-foot waterfall, resulting in the deaths of Dylan and Preston.

According to O’Geen, the two defendants and five children made their way toward the Lower Falls so they could see the falls up close. The children were then allowed to enter the water. When the swift current began to sweep the children away, the two men were unable to keep them and themselves from going over the falls. 

Staley was stuck on the brink of the falls for almost two hours until he was saved by the Wyoming County Rope Rescue Team. Three of the children and Jennings were rescued June 11, but the brothers were not recovered until June 12 and June 14.

During the plea discussion, both men admitted that through their negligence, they caused the deaths of the two boys.

“This has been a difficult and emotional case for all involved and it is my hope that this disposition will begin to bring closure to the families involved, justice for Dylan, Preston and all the children, and at the same time send a message that danger/warning park signs matter as they are there to protect the public,” O’Geen said. “Hopefully, Dylan and Preston’s deaths will not be in vain and park visitors will learn from this preventable tragedy by following the rules of the park going forward.”

The court ordered a pre-sentence investigation report and adjourned the case until 2 p.m. May 17 for final sentencing. 

Both Staley and Jennings continue to be released on their own recognizance until their court date.

See related: Two men charged in June drowning deaths at Letchworth State Park

Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at 4:08 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, accident, news, Cowlesville, Bennington.

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2007 Hyundai Accent – not actual vehicle in this case.

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2011 Hyundai Accent – not actual vehicle in this case.

Photos supplied by the New York State Police.

The New York State Police are investigating a hit and run collision that happened at approximately 11:50 a.m. Jan. 27 in Cowlesville.

Police say they are looking for a black Hyundai Accent between the model years of 2007 and 2011. 

According to reports, the vehicle was traveling eastbound when it went off the road striking a mailbox, then a red GMC Sierra pickup truck before coming to rest against a tree. 

The Hyundai fled the scene traveling eastbound, with extensive front-end damage.

Anyone with any information regarding this collision is asked to contact the New York State Police: (585) 344-6200.

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Scene of collision. 

Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at 9:42 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, accident, news, Covington.

A minor injury accident has been reported on Lemley Road, just west of Silver Lake Road, Covington. 

Pavilion fire and Mercy EMS have been called to the scene.

Lemley Road is being reported as being extremely slippery, with a utility pole and wires down.

UPDATE 9:55 a.m.: Ott's towing was called to the scene.

UPDATE 10:13 a.m.: Medic 80 back in service.

Saturday, December 17, 2016 at 6:22 pm
posted by Howard Owens in accident, Covington, news.

A car has struck a pole, causing lines to fall into the roadway and the lines are burning, on Silver Lake Road in the Town of Covington.

No word on injuries.

Pavilion fire dispatched.

Friday, December 16, 2016 at 5:38 pm
posted by Howard Owens in Attica, accident, news.

A three-car accident is reported at Route 98 and Prospect Road, Attica.

Unknown injuries.

Alexander fire and ambulance and Attica fire. Bennington fire is on standby for its ambulance.

UPDATE 5:41 p.m.: Traffic is being blocked at Route 98 and Buffalo Road. No extrication will be required.

UPDATE 5:44 p.m.: Bennington's ambulance requested to the scene.

Friday, December 16, 2016 at 10:05 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, accident, Warsaw.

The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) reports the closing of Route 20A near Black House Road, Warsaw, until further notice due to an accident.

UPDATE 12:42 p.m.: The NYSDOT reports the accident on Route 20A is cleared and the road is open.

Friday, December 2, 2016 at 3:07 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, accident, Arcade, NYSP.

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Photos submitted by the New York State Police.

On Dec. 1 at 6:36 a.m., Troopers responded to a one-car collision on Phillips Road in the Town of Colden. A 2004 Volkswagen Jetta was traveling northbound on Phillips Road and lost control at the crest of a hill, subsequently killing18-year-old Tristan C. Pleace, of Arcade. New York State Police say the Volkswagen left the road and entered the ditch on the west side of the roadway. This caused the vehicle to overturn and come to rest on its roof. 

Two other vehicles traveling on Phillips Road noticed a fire and realized it was a vehicle. One Good Samaritan called 9-1-1 and another went with a nearby homeowner for fire extinguishers. However, the fire extinguishers had little impact. They were able to grab the passenger, Hunter J. Delia, 18, of Yorkshire, from the passenger side of the vehicle and pull him to safety.

Due to the severity of the fire, Pleace, who was driving the car, was unable to be pulled from the wreckage. Pleace was pronounced at the scene. Delia is in stable condition.

Troopers were assisted by Holland and Colden fire departments.

Collison Reconstruction Unit was on scene.

This is an ongoing investigation. Speed may be a factor in this crash.

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Monday, November 21, 2016 at 10:11 pm
posted by Howard Owens in Attica, accident, news, Alexander.

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An Attica woman is in critical condition at Strong Memorial Hospital tonight after her 2003 Chevy Trail Blazer hit a large, thick patch of compacted ice on Route 98 in Alexander and then turned sideways and slid into an oak tree.

Lorna Johnson, 53, was the lone occupant in the vehicle.

The SUV struck the tree right in the middle of the driver's side door.

Johnson was reportedly unconscious when first responders arrived on scene. It took more than 30 minutes to get her stabilized in an ambulance before she could be flown to Strong by Mercy Flight.

The patch of ice and compacted snow was at least 50 yards long and an inch or more thick, the result of blowing snow across the highway that melted on the road in the afternoon and then froze as the sun went down.

The SUV traveled off the road another 25 yards or more after leaving the iced area and struck the tree in the front yard of a residence.

The Alexander Fire Department responded, along with the Alexander ambulance, and volunteer firefighters extricated Johnson from her vehicle.

Mercy EMS, the Sheriff's Office and State Police also responded to the scene.

Speed unsafe for conditions may also have been a factor in the accident, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Deputy Kyle Krzemien and Sgt. Ron Meides are heading the investigation. Trooper Robert Breidenstein assisted at the scene.

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Friday, November 18, 2016 at 4:42 pm

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File photo.

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File photo submitted by the New York State Police.

On Tuesday, the Wyoming County Grand Jury handed down a 28-count indictment charging two Rochester men in the deaths of Dylan and Preston Giangregorio in Letchworth State Park this summer. 

Tyler Jennings, 34, and Chad Staley, 32, were each charged with two counts of manslaughter in the second degree, a Class C felony; two counts of criminally negligent homicide, a Class E felony; and 10 counts of endangering the welfare of a child, a Class A misdemeanor.

The charges stem from a five-month investigation that began June 11 by the New York State Park Police after park patrons were in a restricted area of the park, resulting in the death of the brothers Dylan, 9, and Preston, 6, both of Rochester. 

It is alleged the two defendants and five children entered a restricted area above the Lower Falls to get a closer look at the waterfall. It is also alleged the men allowed the children – 5 to 12 years old – to enter the water.

It was reported the group began to lose their footing due to the strong current and all were swept over the 70-foot waterfall. 

Staley was said to have been stuck on the brink of the falls for almost two hours until he was saved by the Wyoming County Rope Rescue team. The other three children and Jennings cascaded over the falls and suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

Searchers continued scouring the river below the falls June 12 and recovered the body of Preston. On June 14, the Underwater Recovery Team from the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office and the State Police recovered Dylan’s body. 

“While this case is truly tragic and our hearts go out to the family of the Giangregorio family, it is important to note that their deaths were 100-percent preventable,” said Wyoming County District Attorney Donald O’Geen. “After reviewing the thorough investigation completed by members of the NYS Park Police, and personally surveying the area above the lower falls, I felt that a review by the members of the Wyoming County Grand Jury was warranted and the indictment in this case was the result of their decision.”

Wyoming County Judge Michael Mohun unsealed the indictment Nov. 17 and both defendants were arraigned and released on their own recognizance. 

“It is important to note that the signage in any park means something. Signs are there to give notice, warning and assistance so that your stay can be enjoyable and safe. In the area where this occurred, the signage is clear and unmistakable. However, regardless of signs or no signs, any area directly above or within close proximately to a major waterfall is inherently dangerous and common sense would dictate not allowing children to play in that vicinity. 

“It is a miracle that four other people did not die from going over the falls and it is because of the quick work of first responders and the specialized rescue teams that the fifth person was rescued before serious injury or death occurred.”

Assisting State Park Police in the search included the New York State Police, and NYSP dive team, aviation, and other resources; Pike, Silver Springs, Perry, and Monroe ambulances; Nunda Fire and Ambulance; Castile Fire Department; Livingston County Emergency Services; Mercy Flight; Wyoming County Rope Rescue; Wyoming County Emergency Management; and the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office.

See related: Police identify the boys who fell over the falls at Letchworth State Park

Monday, November 7, 2016 at 12:52 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, accident, Gainesville.

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Wyoming County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a single-vehicle rollover accident on Hardys Road at Green Bay Road, Gainesville, late this morning.

The call came in as a person trapped in the vehicle with minor injuries. 

The victim was taken via Gainesville Ambulance to Wyoming County Community Hospital for treatment.

No further information is available. The cause of the accident is still under investigation.

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Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at 7:59 am
posted by Howard Owens in accident, news, Arcade.

A driver reports head and knee injuries after his car went off the road into a ravine on Route 98 at Dunn Road, Arcade.

Arcade fire and an ambulance are responding.

UPDATE 8:34 a.m.: Arcade back in service. Varysburg ambulance in route to hospital.

Thursday, October 20, 2016 at 11:34 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, accident, Perry.

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Photos by Howard Owens

Teresa M. Bosdyk, 54, of Perry, was charged Oct. 18 with driving while intoxicated, speeding, lane violation, and no seat belt. Genesee County Sheriff’s deputies say Bosdyk “appeared” to have had crossed into the oncoming lane on Ellicott Street Road, Bethany, and struck a tractor-trailer. She was taken via Mercy Flight to Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester. She is due in Bethany Town Court at a later date. Additional charges are pending.

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Wednesday, October 5, 2016 at 2:08 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, accident, Gainesville.

A single-vehicle accident late Tuesday morning briefly closed down a portion of Route 19 in Gainesville near Fuller Road. 

Police say a dump trailer carrying six cords of firewood was overturned, causing two two utility poles to fall into the roadway. The debris is blocking both lanes of traffic.

Raymond W. Bliss, of Warsaw, was driving and towing the loaded trailer with his Chevrolet pickup. His wife and their dog were passnegers in the pickup. 

Wyoming County Sheriff’s deputies say the dog had jumped onto Bliss’s arm, which caused him to veer off the west side of the roadway. The vehicle and trailer then struck a utility pole, shearing it and another one located to the north, causing both poles to fall into the roadway.

The impact of the crash caused the loaded trailer to overturn and separate from the truck, authorities say.

While no one was injured in the crash, Bliss was ticketed for moving from his lane unsafely. He is due in Gainesville Town Court next month.

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