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September 1, 2011 - 11:00pm
posted by Billie Owens in accident, elba.

An all-terrain vehicle accident with a female with spinal injuries is reported in Elba. The subject was able to be brought up to the railroad bed "so you should have access to the patient." Mercy Flight is on in-air standby. The accident is reportedly near the old railroad bed just west of Transit Road, north of Route 262.

Mercy Flight was on in-air standby and then cancelled.

August 31, 2011 - 12:52pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, accident.

A two-car accident with injuries is reported at Galloway Road and Route 63. Town of Batavia Fire Department and Mercy medics are responding.

UPDATE 12:56 p.m.: A second patrol car for traffic control is needed and two flatbed tow trucks. The accident is blocking the roadway. One person is complaining of arm pain.

UPDATE 12:58 p.m.: A second ambulance is called for and some absorbent to soak up a fluid spill.

UPDATE 1:08 p.m.: A woman with no visible injuries is being transporting to UMMC to be checked out.

UPDATE 1:31 p.m.: A man is being transported to UMMC now. He is alert and oriented and the medic says he may have briefly lost consciousness after the head-on collision in which there was airbag deployment.

UPDATE 1:34 p.m.: Town of Batavia fire crews are back in service.

August 29, 2011 - 6:38pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, crime, accident.

A person on a bike reportedly ran into a pole on West Main Street near Woodrow Road and sustained an injury.

The description of the bike reportedly matches one stolen earlier from a trailer park on West Main Street.

City fire is on scene with Mercy EMS and police are responding.

August 28, 2011 - 2:18pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, crime, accident, byron.

The driver says it was Saturday morning's fog that caused him to miss a stop sign on Freeman Road, South Byron, but that didn't stop a deputy from charging him with DWI.

Charged was Brian R. Dilcher, 25, of Clinton Street Road, Batavia, who was also cited for alleged failure to stop for a stop sign.

Dilcher was eastbound on Freeman Road at 5 a.m. in a 1994 GMC pickup when he allegedly went through the sign at Coward Road, Byron.

His truck struck a Verizon utility box and then a tree.

Dilcher suffered minor injuries, but did not require ambulance transport.

The accident was investigated by Deputy Eric Seppala.

August 28, 2011 - 1:02pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, Oakfield.

A man from Oakfield suffered minor injuries after his motorcycle struck a deer on Hutton Road, Oakfield, at 10:30 p.m., Thursday.

Following the accident, David Hendershott, 21, of Orchard Park Road, Oakfield, was transported by private vehicle to UMMC.

Hendershott was north on Hutton Road, near Duck Pond Road, on a 2008 KMCU when his bike struck the deer. Hendershott was thrown from the bike and the motorcycle came to rest on the east shoulder of the roadway.

The accident was investigated by Deputy Joseph Graff.

August 28, 2011 - 12:52pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, accident.

A driver who said she didn't see another car coming, attempted to make a U-turn on Route 5 near Powers Road, Batavia, leading to a two-car accident. This happened at 6:19 p.m., Friday.

The drivers of both cars suffered non-life threatening injuries and were transported to UMMC by ground ambulance.

Amanda M. Scherer, 18, of Beach Road, Cheektowaga, was driving west on Route 5 when she attempted the U-turn. Her car was struck in the back left quarter panel by a 1999 Honda SUV driven by Mary F. Doktor, 49, of Boyce Road, Corfu.

Scherer, who was driving a 2011 Toyota sedan owned by West Herr Toyota in Williamsville, was cited for allegedly making an illegal U-turn.

Steven J. Raimondi, 18, a passenger in Scherer's car, was not injured.

The accident was investigated by Deputy Brad Mazur.

August 28, 2011 - 12:40pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in crime, accident, Oakfield.

A driver was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana after being involved in a motor vehicle accident on Albion Road, Oakfield, at 2:58 p.m., Saturday.

The driver made a left turn into a drive and told Deputy Timothy Wescott that she had time to beat the southbound car that struck her 2006 Toyota.

The driver of the other car, a 1999 Chevy SUV, Lawrence E. Rebert, of East Shelby Road, Oakfield, was transported by ground ambulance to UMMC with minor injuries.

Charged with UPM and failure to yield the right of way was Andrea C. Rosone, 30, of Albion Road, Oakfield.

The accident occurred in the area of 6478 Albion Road, Oakfield.

(Initial Report)

August 27, 2011 - 1:05am
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, elba.

A Rochester man heading westbound on Lockport Road reportedly said he was looking at his GPS and didn't see a stop sign at the intersection with Route 98 before his pickup truck slammed into the minivan of a Albion resident.

Neither driver was seriously injured.

David Youngman, 55, of Yankee Court, Rochester, was cited for alleged failure to stop for a stop sign.

His truck struck a minivan driven my Marcia Zambito, 59, of Allen Road, Albion.

Zambito was taken to UMMC by ground ambulance with a complaint of pain in her leg and arm.

Youngman was transported to Strong Memorial Hospital, because he's a Rochester resident, with a complaint of chest pain.

(initial report)

August 26, 2011 - 6:24pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, accident, east pembroke.

A head-on collision, with one victim complaining of chest pain, has been reported on Route 5 at Powers Road in the Town of Batavia.

The road is blocked.

East Pembroke Fire and Mercy EMS responding.

UPDATE 6;30 p.m.: A second ambulance is requested to the scene.

August 24, 2011 - 9:09pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, pembroke, indian falls.

A pickup has hit a pole near Akron Road on Route 77, Indian Falls, and power lines are reportedly down and arcing.

Pembroke and Indian Falls fire departments dispatched.

Route 77 is being closed.

UPDATE 9:16 p.m.: It sounds like the driver ran down Phelps Road toward the trailer park.

UPDATE 9:30 p.m.:  A witness reports that somebody said there were two people in the vehicle and one of them is lying in the weeds. Because of the live wires, firefighters are unable to approach the vehicle. National Grid will be on scene soon to shut down power and responders can investigate.

UPDATE 9:38 a.m.: National Grid on scene. The immediate area of Indian Falls is about to lose all power.

UPDATE 9:40 p.m.: Power in the area has been cut. Emergency responders checking around the houses and in the tall weeds. A resident on Akron Road reported seeing a person with bare feet apparently fleeing the scene.

UPDATE 9:45 p.m.: As soon as National Grid moves the lines out of the road, Route 77 will be reopened.

UPDATE 9:48 p.m.: National Grid's website says power will be out until 11:30 p.m. State Department of Transportion requested to the scene. Chief reports, "We've got some pretty nasty holes down here."

UPDATE 9:51 p.m.: A DOT rep not expected on scene for at least an hour. He will check the roadway damage and determine whether repairs can wait until the morning.

UPDATE 10 p.m.; Indian Falls and Pembroke about to go back in service. No word on either subject reportedly in the vehicle.

UPDATE 10:03 p.m.: Mercy EMS put back in service.

August 24, 2011 - 5:08pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, accident, Clinton Street Road.

A bicyclist hit by a semi-truck on Route 33 near Terry Hills earlier today may have been under the influence of drugs, according to a Sheriff's Office accident report.

Gregory Seppe, 53, of Prestige Crossing, Batavia, was transported to Strong Memorial Hospital by ground ambulance with an apparent head injury and in a semi-conscious state.

Witnesses told Deputy Chris Parker that Seppe appeared under the influence of drugs prior to the accident.

The truck driver, Brandan P. Smith, 27, of Munger Street, Bergen, said he saw the bike swerving into his westbound lane prior to his truck getting to Seppe's location. Then the bike returned to its own lane. Smith said he moved partially into the eastbound lane to try and avoid the bicyclist.

As the truck passed, Seppe apparently swerved into the westbound traffic lane again and was struck by the trailer on Smith's truck.

Seppe's son told Parker that Seppe had just left his residence and appeared to be highly impaired by drugs.

The son's neighbor told Parker that he saw Seppe fall down three times prior to leaving on the bike.

No citations were issued.

(Initial report)

August 23, 2011 - 11:51am
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, Alabama.

A car attached to a motorhome on Route 77, Alabama, became unhitched, and it careened into a tree and then a house.

The accident is in the area of 7781 Alleghany Road.

There are no injuries reported.

Alabama Fire Department dispatched.

Photo submitted by Caitlyn Klotzbach


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August 22, 2011 - 11:22pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, accident.

A toddler reportedly fell from the second-story window of a residence on East Avenue earlier this evening.

The condition of the child is not available at this time.

The child was taken by ground ambulance to UMMC.

The exact circumstances of the fall are not available at this time.

August 20, 2011 - 9:27pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, Stafford.

A motorcycle accident, possibly with injuries, isreported on Assemblyman R. Stephen Hawley Drive, Batavia, just west of Batavia-Stafford Townline Road.

Town of Batavia Fire Department and Mercy EMS dispatched. 

UPDATE 9:38 p.m.: Batavia fire back in service. No fluid leaks, not blocking traffic.

August 18, 2011 - 10:51pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, bergen.

A motorcyclist and passenger have taken off on foot following an apparent rollover accident on Route 19 in Bergen.

A fire chief asked for a description of the suspects said, "law enforcement is well versed with them and has a description."

Bergen Fire Department initially dispatched along with Mercy EMS.

A fire unit is continuing its response non-emergency.

The original caller did not see the accident but heard the motorcycle "roll over several times."

August 18, 2011 - 7:29pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, Le Roy.

An accident with injuries has been reported at Main and Mill streets in Le Roy.

One person reportedly suffered facial lacerations and an "altered state of consciousness."

Le Roy fire and ambulance dispatched.

The vehicles are out of the street, so Le Roy's equipment is being held in the hall.

August 16, 2011 - 6:46pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, Le Roy.

Big vehicles and a quick reaction by one driver may have helped keep a serious accident from turning tragic, according to officials at the scene of a 2:20 p.m. collision on Route 19 and Perry Road in Le Roy.

The driver of a 1991 Cadillac was apparently following a friend's car too closely, according to State Police Sgt. Kurt Schmitt, and when the friend's car slowed to make a left-hand turn onto Perry Road, the Caddy's driver, Timothy Coates, 17, of Churchville, had to take evasive action.

Coates, who was the most seriously injured in the accident, tried to brake and clipped the left rear of his friend's car before swerving into the northbound lane of Route 19.

Heading southbound in a white Dodge Ram pickup truck was Matt Hendershott, 28, of East Bethany.

"The Caddy just came into my lane and that's about all I had time to see," said Hendershott, a volunteer firefighter with the Bethany department. "Apparently I took evasive action because I left skid marks on the shoulder."

Hendershott was not injured.

"If we have a call tonight, I'm responding," Hendershott said.

Schmitt confirmed that the investigation showed that Hendershott reacted quickly and avoided a head-on collision with the Cadillac.

"It could have been very serious," Schmitt said. "We were discussing earlier that they came within a foot of hitting head on. Because somebody was paying attention to their driving and reacted quickly, we avoided a more serious situation."

Asked by a reporter if the Cadillac's size was a factor, Schmitt that in his personal opinion, it was.

"It's one of those old battle wagons," Schmitt said. "The smaller cars are more economical but in cases like this, that's not always better."

Coates was taken to Strong Memorial Hospital by Mercy Flight with what are believed to be non-life threatening injuries.

"We have positive thoughts about his condition," Schmitt said.

He will likely be cited for following too closely.

Le Roy Fire Chief Mike Sheflin thanked the volunteers from Le Roy and Pavilion for their quick response to the scene.

He said it was also helpful that the driver of the car Coates was following was an off-duty EMT.

The driver, Matthew Mandoler, 21, of Rochester, was able to provide emergency responders with a quick assessment of the scene and victims.

"The more information we can get when we arrive on the scene, the more quickly we can formulate a plan," Sheflin said.

Once on scene, it took the volunteers only 12 minutes to extricate Coates.

A passenger in Mandoler's car, Mike Schockow, said Mandoler took charge of the scene immediately after the crash and until emergency responders arrived. He did his best to keep everybody calm and organize help for the victims.

"I'd never seen anything like this before," Schockow said. "I was kind of having a panic attack. I'd never been in an accident before and it was scary."

Neither Schockow nor Mandoler were injured.

A passenger in the Cadillac suffered a minor arm injury.

Besides Le Roy fire, Pavilion fire, State Police and Mercy Flight, responding to the scene were Le Roy Ambulance and Mercy EMS.

(Initial Report)

August 16, 2011 - 2:43am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, accident.

An 82-year-old man was critically injured Friday afternoon when the three-wheel bike he was riding on Park Road was struck by a motorcycle.

According to Sgt. Kurt Schmitt, State Police, Gerald Sojda, of Park Road, Batavia, was southbound on Park when he pulled his bike into traffic and was struck by a 2009 Harley ridden by Noah Majewski, 22, of Batavia.

Sojda, who was transported to ECMC by Mercy EMS, was listed in critical condition because of his age and a significant amount of blood loss.

Schmitt said troopers spoke with Sojda's daughter today and "all signs look encouraging" for his recovery.

No citations have been issued, Schmitt said.

August 16, 2011 - 2:41am
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, Alabama.

Two people suffered minor injuries Friday when a car they were in traveled off Lewiston Road and overturned.

Susan M. Geiger, 39, of Ridge Road, Medina, reportedly lost control of the car after she had driven onto the north shoulder of Lewiston and attempted to get back on the highway.

The investigation report prepared by Sgt. Greg Walker indicates the roadway was recently resurfaced with a stone and oil base.

The accident occurred at 6:07 p.m. in the area of 1768 Lewiston Road, Alabama.

Geiger and her passenger, Stephanie M. Persons, 21, had complaints of pain but were not transported to a hospital.

August 13, 2011 - 1:11am
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, pembroke, indian falls.

One of Batavia High's standout students was among a group of heroes Friday who came to the rescue of a teenage girl who hit her head on a rock when she fell several feet from a cliff at Indian Falls.

The girl, Kourtney McCorry, 17, of Spencerport, was taken to Strong Memorial Hospital by Mercy Flight, but was conscious and alert after being pulled from the water.

Deputy Timothy Wescott said he was able to interview McCorry at the scene before she was transported and she was aware of her surroundings, recognized her father and understood what was happening.

She remembered, according to Wescott, climbing up the cliff of the falls with the help of her boyfriend. She grabbed the branch of a tree and the branch gave way. She fell and remembers seeing rocks below her and then she blacked out.

"She said she didn't know if she blacked out because she hit the rocks or out of fear of what might happen to her," Wescott said.

Evan Sutherland, a Batavia High School basketball player and member of the championship mock trial team, was at the falls with his friend, Andrew Hoy, a recent graduate of BHS and the Blue Devil's all-time leading scorer in basketball.  

Sutherland (left inset photo from one of his mock trial appearances this year) was the first to dive in the water to try and rescue the girl, Hoy said.

"I had just walked up and I got to like the edge of the cliff and saw her falling and she landed head first on the rocks," Hoy said. "It looked like her neck snapped. Then she went under for a few seconds and we couldn’t find her. We were still standing at the top and then she floated to the top of the water and my friend Evan Sutherland was the first one to react and he jumped into the water and there was another one of her friends over from where she fell from and he jumped in, too. They both dragged her out."

Hoy said the girl regained consciousness while she was still in the water, and Westcott said McCorry remembered coming to in the water surrounded by people.

The Batavian tried to interview Sutherland at the scene, but one of the Log Cabin's unruly patrons interfered with the interview and told him not to talk to the media.

Attempts to contact Sutherland Friday night were unsuccessful.

The legendary Log Cabin Restaurant, which includes a bar, is next to the falls and while the rescue was under way, the owner sent a representative to talk to journalists at the scene from The Batavian and the Daily News with a request that media outlets not report that the kids who swim and dive at the falls might enter the falls from the Log Cabin's property.

It's unknown how McCorry, Hoy and Sutherland, among the other youths enjoying the falls Friday, entered the area. 

The section of the Tonawanda Creek in the area of Indian Falls is owned by Genesee County and people can enter the area from near Route 77 without trespassing on private property. 

The volunteer fire departments of Indian Falls and Pembroke were the first emergency responders on scene.

Indian Falls and Pembroke volunteers set up a rope line across the creek and walked through the water to the north bank.

The Genesee County Rope Team -- made up of more than 20 volunteers from all of the county's volunteer fire departments -- responded to the scene along with Genesee County Emergency Services.

The team found a clearing in the brush along the creek's cliff on the north side and lowered a stretcher down to McCorry's location. Medical personnel were then lowered down.

It took more than 90 minutes to stabilize McCorry and slowly lift her to the top of the cliff.

Indian Falls Fire Chief Ed Mileham (bottom right inset) explained that it's a slow process to ensure both the safety of the victim and the rope crews.

"When you look at the fact that she's down 70 feet, the safest way up is up the bank," Mileham said. "We had 20 guys here from the (rope) team, they got down there, two of them set up harnesses and then they go down the bank -- yeah, by the time they get set up and everything, there's a little bit of time, but she appeared to be stable, so the guys were able to take their time and make sure they were safe before they got down in there."

Friday's mishap wasn't the first time this summer that Indian Falls and Pembroke responded to a near drowning at the falls.  

On June 5, another person looking for some recreation on the falls fell in and had to be rescued.

"It’s pretty dangerous," Mileham said. "If they don’t get far enough from the falls, they hit the rocks."

However, only two calls this summer is a far cry from how things used to be, Mileham noted.

"There’s been a problem down here for years," Mileham said. "Back in the '60s and '70s it used to be quite a place for kids to party and swim. I’ve been told that at one point there were 10 to 12 drownings here in one year from diving off the falls."

The Alabama and Oakfield fire departments also assisted at the scene.

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