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September 4, 2010 - 7:15pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, accident.

A woman has possibly suffered a back injury in an ATV accident at 3500 Harloff Road, Batavia.

That's the location of Polar Wave.

East Pembroke Fire and Mercy EMS are responding.

UPDATE 7:21 p.m.: Mercy Flight requested to the scene.

UPDATE 7:49 p.m.: Mercy Flight in route to Strong Memorial Hospital.

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September 2, 2010 - 1:07pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, accident.

A non-injury accident on West Main Street in front of Oliver's is apparently blocking traffic.

Batavia PD is responding.

August 30, 2010 - 3:37pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Bank Street, accident.

A Batavia man said he swerved to avoid hitting a deer on Friday night leading to a car vs. pole accident on Bank Street between Ross and Vine streets.

Officer Kevin DeFelice said there was no reason to doubt John J. Dwyer, Jr.'s story. He hadn't been drinking and there were no skid marks to use to estimate the speed of his vehicle.

Dwyer told DeFelice that he was driving 30 mph.

No citations were issued.

"It's now up to his insurance company," DeFelice said.

Dwyer's car took out the utility pole.

There were no injuries and no other cars were involved in the accident.

Photo submitted by Jeremiah Pedro.

(initial report)

August 30, 2010 - 9:27am
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, Le Roy.

A motorcycle rider was taken by Mercy Flight to Strong Memorial Hospital yesterday after a van, whose driver thought a Route 19 intersection was clear, allegedly pulled out in front of the rider.

Daniel B. McMurdy, 46, of Westside Drive, Rochester, has been discharged from Strong as of this morning.

The 4:11 p.m. accident occurred at Route 19 and Vallance Road, Le Roy.

McMurdy was ejected from his bike, hitting the van's windshield, before falling to the pavement.

Cited for alleged failure to yield right-of-way at a stop sign was Michael Marmurek, 53, of Maxwell Street, North York.

The accident investigation was handled by Deputy Chad Minuto.


August 25, 2010 - 5:15pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, accident, Elllicott Street.


There were no injuries in an accident at Ellicott and Jackson streets a short time ago.

Officer Chris Camp said the accident investigation is preliminary and no information is yet available.

August 24, 2010 - 8:38pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, Le Roy.

A one-car accident with an injury has been reported off Route 19, in the eastbound on ramp to the 490, in Le Roy.

Le Roy Fire and ambulance are responding.

The call came into Monroe County. Genesee County Emergency Dispatch has not received any calls about the accident

One person may have suffered a head injury. A person is reported at the side of the road holding another person.

UPDATE 8:50 p.m.: No accident was found. A fire chief spoke with a trooper who had been patrolling the area and the trooper had seen a disabled vehicle pulling a trailer and a person was beside the road working on the vehicle. Perhaps that's what the caller saw. Monroe County received only one call. Le Roy Fire and ambulance are clear.

August 21, 2010 - 10:06am
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, Darien, Sumner Road.

Three people were transported to area hospitals Friday evening following a two-car accident on Sumner Road and Route 77 in Darien.

One car allegedly stopped on Sumner at Route 77 but then pulled out on Route 77 while making a left-hand turn and was struck by the second vehicle, which was traveling southbound on Route 77.

The accident occurred at 7 p.m.

The driver of vehicle one is identified as Melissa M. Kenney, 40, of Exchange Street, Irving.

The second driver is Frederck W. Burtis, 30, of First Avenue, North Tonawanda.

Kenney had a passenger in her car, Rosemarie DeGeorge, 41.

Kenney and DeGeorge were taken to ECMC. Burtis was transported to UMMC.

While our initial report indicated that Mercy Flight was dispatched and did land, the accident report indicates all three passengers were taken by ground ambulance to the hospitals.

August 21, 2010 - 9:55am
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, Stafford.

A driver says a female passenger struck him in his arm while he was driving, causing him to lose control of his car Thursday evening, resulting in a one-vehicle rollover accident.

No one was injured. The accident occurred at 6:43 p.m. on Route 33 near Caswell Road, Stafford.

The 2008 Chevy sedan was driven by 27-year-old Romer M. Williams, of East Bethany-Le Roy Road, East Bethany.

Williams told Deputy Matthew Butler that when he was struck in his arm, he lost control of the car. He swerved to the right shoulder, tried to correct and the car went into a sideways skid across the roadway and onto the opposite shoulder, where it rolled onto its side.

His passengers were Yalawn J. Christin, 22, and Charles A. Small Jr., 26.

No citations were issued.

August 20, 2010 - 10:58am
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, Stafford.

An Albion man was taken to Strong Memorial Hospital last night following a single-car accident on Fotch Road in Stafford that knocked down power lines and caused a car fire.

He's been charged with DWI and additional charges are possible, according to Chief Deputy Gordon Dibble.

Jeffrey A. Mooney, 57, of 4928 Quaker Hill Road, Albion, was reportedly driving his 1999 Ford Taurus on Fotch Road when his car left the road at the 90-degree turn.

Mooney got himself out of the car and passersby pulled him away from the car, which became fully engulfed in flames, and downed electrical wires.

Dibble said Mooney complained of internal pain.

The investigation is being conducted by Deputy Howard Carlson and is continuing.

(initial report)

August 19, 2010 - 11:12pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, Stafford.

A call has come in of a single-vehicle accident, car vs. pole, in the area of 7789 Fotch Road, Stafford.

The initial report is of a person down, in the roadway, with wires over him and the caller afraid to touch him. A car is on fire.

A first responder says the victim is on the side of the road, conscious but in pain.

Mercy Flight is is being dispatched.

Mercy EMS and Stafford Fire is on scene.

UPDATE 11:24 p.m.: Both high-voltage and low-voltage wires are damaged. National Grid has a 30 minute ETA to arrive on scene. Also a fiber optic cable belonging to the phone company has been completely burned through.

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August 12, 2010 - 12:09pm
posted by WBTA News in accident, motorcycle, Mercy Flight, car.

There has been a car-motorcycle accident in the area of 2687 Judge Road in Alabama.

A Mercy EMS ambulance is responding while a Mercy Flight is in the air and on its way.

UPDATE (12:25): The patient is not being Mercy Flighted, but is on the way to UMMC.

August 9, 2010 - 11:44pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, Oakfield.

While investigators continue to suspect that alcohol may have been a factor in the one-car crash in Oakfield early Saturday morning that claimed the lives of three young people, it appears speed may have been a factor, as well.

Chief Deputy Gordon Dibble said Monday that crash investigator Deputy John Duyssen believes the initial indications are that the speed of the vehicle was too great for the driver to negotiate the curve at the accident scene, resulting in the crash.

The car rotated clockwise when its tires hit the shoulder. The drivers side hit the utility pole by the side of the road and it rolled over on its roof. A passenger in the back seat was ejected from the vehicle, according to Dibble.

Matthew Ware, 22, Joshua Durham, 21 and Allyson Galens, 20, were killed in the crash.

The group had been at the Elba Onion Festival earlier in the evening, but Dibble said investigators have yet to determine what time they left.

It's not yet known where they might have gone -- if any place -- after leaving the festival.

There were empty beer bottles at the scene of the crash, but investigators do not know if they are in any way related to the crash.

"We are still looking into that and will know more when the medical examiner's office completes its investigation," Dibble said.

August 8, 2010 - 2:51pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, Oakfield.

H.E. Turner and Sons has posted obituaries for Matthew Ware and Joshua Durham.

Ware and Durham, along with Allyson Galens, died early Saturday morning in an accident on Albion Road in Oakfield.

August 7, 2010 - 11:48am
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, Oakfield, ebla.


(UPDATED 12:49 p.m.)

matthew_ware.jpgOne of Oakfield-Alabama's football stars of the past decade was among three people killed in an accident on Albion Road in Oakfield overnight.

Matthew Ware, 22, and Joshua Durham, 21, were declared dead at the scene, according to a statement issued by the Sheriff's Office.

Ware, a running back for O-A, was named to the All-State second team in 2004 and 2005.

joshua_durham.jpgDurham was on the track and baseball teams during those same years. He was a Genesee Region League track All-Star in 2007.

Allyson E. Galens, 20, of Stanley, was a passenger in the 2005 Scion TC. She was taken by Mercy Flight to ECMC. Galens was declared dead at 4 a.m.

The trio had been at the Elba Onion Festival prior to the accident, according to Sheriff Gary Maha. Maha said investigators believe alcohol was a factor in the accident.

joshua_allyson.jpgThe accident occurred at 1:37 a.m. on Albion Road just past Lockport Road. The car collided with a utility pole.

Oakfield Fire responded to the scene.

No further information about the accident was released.

The investigation is ongoing and being handled by Investigator Timothy Weis, Sgt. Greg Walker, Deputy Frank Bordonaro, Deputy James Diehl and Deputy John Duyseen of the Crash Management Team.

Photos: Top, Matthew Ware, from his Facebook Page; Joshua Durham, from his MySpace page; Josh and Allyson Galens from Josh's Facebook page.

UPDATE 6:10 p.m.: Top photo, flowers left at the scene of the accident. Below, sign in the beer tent at the Elba Onion Festival. I wanted to talk with somebody from the organization about the positive steps they take to discourage drinking and driving (not that that has been established in this case), including having firefighters available to give free rides home, but officials steadfastly refused to speak.


August 7, 2010 - 9:51am
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, Oakfield.

Sheriff Gary Maha has confirmed that there was a triple-fatal accident last night.

He said details will be provided to local media as soon as family notifications are completed.

Based on information from readers, the accident occurred around 1:37 a.m. on Lockport Road.

We will update this post as soon as information becomes available.

August 2, 2010 - 10:33am
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, elba.

A two-vehicle accident has been reported in the area of 8 North Main St., Elba.

It is believed to be a minor-injury accident. There is air bag deployment.

Elba Fire and EMS are being dispatched.

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August 2, 2010 - 9:47am
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, Le Roy.

Five people were injured in a three-car pile up on Route 19 near Parmelee Road in Le Roy at 7:42 p.m., Sunday.

The accident was reportedly caused when the driver of a car, southbound on Route 19, failed to realize another car was stopped waiting to make a left-hand turn onto Parmelee. That car hit the car waiting to turn, pushing it into oncoming traffic, where it was hit by a pickup truck.

Cited for speeding was Quinton V. Holmes, 19, of 1141 Dale Road, Dale. Holmes was injured in the crash and transported to Strong Memorial Hospital.

Three passengers in Holmes' car were injured and taken to Strong: Jeffery A. Price, 16, Hannah V. Holmes, 16, Caleb C. Holmes, 6.

Also injured were Thomas M. Rowe, 36, of 9 Rock Island Road, North Chili. He was the driver of the pickup truck.

The other driver, Ann L. Fisher, 53, of 9604 Asbury Road, Le Roy, was not injured.

Another passenger in Holmes' vehicle, Tonisha M. Price, was also reported uninjured.

The accident was investigated by Sgt. Greg Walker.

(Initial Report)

August 2, 2010 - 9:26am
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, Stafford.

Four teenage girls were taken to area hospitals following a single-car rollover accident off of Buckley Road in Stafford at 3:45 p.m., Sunday.

Taken by Mercy Flight to Strong Memorial Hospital was Chelsea M. Mutter, 17. Also injured were driver Jessi M. Heale, 19, (also transported to Strong), Alexis R. Kenyan, 16, and Alison M. Budd, 17. Kenyan and Budd were taken to UMMC.

Mutter is listed in guarded condition at Strong. Strong lists all patients in ICU as "guarded."

Healey was reportedly driving her 1998 Chevy sedan down a stone lane in the area of 8740 Buckley Road when the car went onto the south shoulder for some reason. Healey reportedly overcorrected and lost control of the car. It overturned and landed on all four wheels.

No citations were issued.

The accident was investigated by Deputy Chad Minuto.

(Initial Report)

August 1, 2010 - 8:17pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident.

We missed the initial call, but there was apparently an accident on Route 19 in the area of Selden and Parmalee roads.

It sounds like possibly three vehicles involved. There is a pickup truck about 20 yards off the road.

One person was transported by Bergen ambulance to UMMC.

Relatives of people involved in the accident are showing up at the scene.

That's all we know at this time.

UPDATE: A reader e-mails: "It is another car pile up, unknown number of cars in Le Roy, reported seven injuries and requested five ambulances -- Didn't sound like anything too serious though original call for Mercy Flight, then canceled a short time later."

August 1, 2010 - 3:50pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, Stafford.

A rollover accident has been reported in the area of Buckley Road and Route 5 in Le Roy.

A person is trapped and there is reportedly an injury.

The vehicle is reportedly well off the road.

The patient is unconscious.

UPDATE 3:51 p.m.: One person conscious, one unconscious in the vehicle. Mercy Flight out of Buffalo is on in-air standby. Stafford Fire requesting a second ambulance.

UPDATE 4:01 p.m.: Mercy Flight responding with a 17 minute ETA. (Unrelated, but Elba Fire is responding to a reported plane crash in Wilson.)

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