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September 30, 2010 - 10:54am
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, thruway.

A woman was taken to Erie County Medical Center last night after a rear tire came off her Ford Explorer causing the vehicle to flip while she was heading westbound on the Thruway.

The SUV's front wheel then got caught in the rumble strip on the shoulder, shearing it off and causing the car to rollover again.

The 54-year-old woman's Explorer came to rest on its wheels and Batavia Fire needed to extricate her before she was transported by Mercy Flight to ECMC.

The woman was identified by Trooper Dan Golinski as Kathy Weich, of Sprakers.

The accident occurred at 9:41 p.m. at mile marker 389.3, which is between the Thruway entrance and the Bank Street Road bridge.

Weich is listed in stable condition at ECMC.

September 29, 2010 - 9:42pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, thruway.

A car has reportedly rolled over multiple times on the Thruway east of Route 98 and west of the Bank Street Road Bridge.

A woman is reportedly injured, but no report on how seriously.

Town of Batavia Fire and Mercy EMS responding.

UPDATE 9:44 p.m.: The accident is in the westbound lane at mile marker 389.3.

UPDATE 9:46 p.m.: Extrication is required. Mercy Flight is being dispatched.

UPDATE 9:56 p.m: Mercy Flight leaving Genesee County Airport. ETA one minute.

UPDATE 9:59 p.m.: Mercy Flight on the ground.

UPDATE: 10:10 p.m.: Patient in route to Strong via Mercy Flight.

September 29, 2010 - 12:26pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, accident, elba, Daws Corners.

A two-car accident with injuries, blocking traffic, has been reported at Route 98 and Batavia-Elba Townline Road.

Mercy EMS and Town of Batavia Fire are responding.

The injuries do not sound serious at this time.

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September 22, 2010 - 5:53pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, Daws Corners.

A three-car accident with injuries has been reported at Daws Corners.

UPDATE 6 p.m.: Northbound traffic at Saile Drive is being closed.

UPDATE 6:32 p.m.: The Elba fire chief has told fire police to reopen the road.

September 22, 2010 - 5:21pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, Stafford.

A two-car accident, that is not blocking, has been reported in the area of 6177 Main Road, Stafford.

Stafford Fire and Mercy EMS are responding.

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September 22, 2010 - 5:00pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident.

An accident with a head injury has been reported on Route 490, just past the Bergen exit.

The accident is actually in Monroe County, but still part of the Bergen Fire District.

Bergin Fire and Le Roy Ambulance have been dispatched.

UPDATE: This apparently was not an accident. There was a parent taking a child to the hospital after the child was hurt in a playground accident. Bergen back in service.

September 22, 2010 - 4:43pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, accident.

Batavia Police are on scene of an accident at Park and Richmond. No word on injuries.

A second accident at Park and Oak has just been called in. It's reportedly a rear-end accident. No word on injuries.

September 22, 2010 - 4:39pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, accident.

A one-car accident with injuries has been reported in the area of 3126 Stegman Road, Batavia.

A third advanced life-support ambulance is requested.

East Pembroke Fire is on scene.

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September 22, 2010 - 2:27pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, alexander, Darien, Ronald J. Wendt.

In the three or four hours before the accident in Darien that took the life of a Dansville girl, Ronald J. Wendt may have drank as many as six beers, a longtime friend of his testified today.

Thirty-five-year-old William D. Marchisin, who says he's known Wendt for a number of years, was called by District Attorney Lawrence Friedman to testify about what he and Wendt did in the hours leading up to the Aug. 14, 2009 accident.

The day started at 11 a.m. at Marchisin's house and included a pizza lunch at about 1 p.m. The two men then went to a neighbor's barn to remove a grain bin and then spent the next several hours baling hay.

According to Marchisin, Wendt brought along a cooler that contained six Arizona Ice Teas and six beers. The two men drank three beers apiece before leaving the field, then at two more at the VFW Hall in Alexander, and then one more in Attica while waiting for their wings to be cooked at a pizza shop  there.

Under cross examination by Wendt's defense attorney, Thomas Burns, it came out that Marchisin has given different versions of the events that day.

In one interview with investigators, he even lied under oath -- he admitted this in court today -- about even being at the accident scene. 

In his first interview with investigator William Ferrando, Marchisin said that Wendt dropped him off at home before Wendt drove to My Saloon (the accident occurred in front of the bar on Broadway Road in Darien). A few minutes later, Marchisin gave a new sworn statement saying that he was in the truck when it was struck by a car driven by Rachel Enderle.

Marchisin said he was scared during the Aug. 18 meeting with Ferrando, which is why he lied.

As for when he and Wendt had their first beer, Marchisin has given different time lines. In Grand Jury testimony, he said 7 p.m. Today, he said under direct examination that it was 8 p.m., but later testified that it might have been 15 or 20 minutes after 7 p.m.

Marchisin also admitted that he left the scene of the accident as soon as ambulances arrived.

He described the post-accident scene as chaos, with people yelling and screaming, and bar patrons mobbing the scene, bringing out drinks, including beer bottles, and setting them on the car and truck.

"I stood there on the curb," Marchisin said. "I stood there and I don’t want to say 'awed,' but dazzled, and I considered the scene secured, I guess, and I told Ron, 'I can’t handle it anymore,' and I walked home."

Marchisin lives about a mile from where the accident occurred.

Wendt's friend did not testify about the accident itself and may be called back to the stand on another day to testify about what he saw and heard.

First on the stand today was Ferrando, who photographed the accident scene and authenticated the pictures as evidence.

Among the pictures, are two that show a LaBatt's Blue beer box in Wendt's pickup bed and what appeared to be a Blue beer can on the ground next to the truck.

Also on the stand for a brief time was Gabby Mahus, who was a passenger, sitting behind the driver, in the car that hit Wendt's truck.

She broke down when describing the accident scene and Katie Stanley being taken from the car, apparently not breathing. Judge Robert Noonan authorized a short recess so she compose herself, but Friedman had only two more questions for her when she came back.

We'll have coverage of the afternoon testimony later.

September 17, 2010 - 8:46pm
posted by Billie Owens in accident, pembroke, Darien, indian falls.

A minor-injury accident on the eastbound Thruway at mile-marker 400 is reported. Six people are involved.

Pembroke and Indian Falls fire departments and Mercy EMS are responding. Darien fire is requested to respond to the Pembroke intersection exchange on the Thruway.

UPDATE (8:48 p.m.): There is one car off the road, no roll-over. Looks like a "back axel accident" with people suffering minor bruises.

UPDATE (8:51 p.m.): The individuals involved are all purportedly refusing medical evaluation/treatment.

September 15, 2010 - 10:34pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, accident.

Funeral services have been set for Jacquelyn Dawson, the 65-year-old retiree of the Genesee County Court, who died Tuesday following a two-car accident at 9:15 a.m. on Oak Street, Batavia.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at noon Saturday at Resurrection Parish (St. Mary’s site), 18 Ellicott St. Calling hours at Gilmartin, 329-333 West Main St., are from 4 to 8 p.m., Friday.

Full obituary.

September 15, 2010 - 2:25pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, accident.


The driver of a white pickup truck needed to be extricated from his vehicle after he apparently swerved into oncoming traffic on Route 98 and nearly hit a Thruway maintenance truck head on.

The driver, whose identity is not available, was transported to an area hospital by Mercy Flight.

There were no injuries reported in the Thruway truck.

Witnesses and State Police say the pickup truck driver was southbound when he crossed into the northbound lane. His small truck caught the left front fender of the Thruway truck and nearly sheared off the front wheel.

The pickup truck came to rest about 100 yards down the road, rolling down (but apparently not rolling over) an embankment.

Route 98 was closed in both directions between Park Road and West Saile Drive.



September 14, 2010 - 9:11pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, accident, Oak Street.

oakstreetaccident.jpgA woman involved in a two-car accident on Oak Street, Batavia, this morning has died as a result of her injuries.

Jacquelyn B. Dawson, 65, of 5175 Sunset Terrace, died at Strong Memorial Hospital after being transported there by Mercy Flight.

Dawson's car was hit at 9:18 a.m. by a pickup truck at the intersection of Oak and Union streets.

The driver of the truck, Kelly Creegan, of 48 South Main St., Elba, was also transported to a hospital.

The accident remains under investigation by Batavia Police. So far, there have been no charges or citations issued.

September 13, 2010 - 10:56pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, crime, accident.


A truck driver out of Syracuse is being charged with DWI after reportedly taking his rig down Union Street this afternoon and hitting some trees.

City Councilman Bob Bialkowski brought up the incident at Monday night's council meeting, congratulating Chief Randy Baker and his department on a swift arrest of the apparently wayward driver.

Bialkowski said he was on Union at the time of the alleged incident, heard a loud noise -- louder than the sound of a small airplane crash, he said -- and turned around and saw the truck coming down the roadway with a gaping hole in the side of its trailer. The driver, he said, was trying to look in the side mirror to see what happened.

Taken into custody was Darren D. Jones, 45, of 168 Parkside Ave., Syracuse.

He was charged with aggravated DWI in a commercial vehicle and disobeying a traffic control device.

City police said the first report of an erratic truck driver came in about a semi exiting the Thruway. Jones was pulled over on West Main Street.

There is a weight limit on Union, according to the police press release, and Jones allegedly ignored it.

The report says Jones' truck had significant damage.

September 12, 2010 - 9:36am
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident.

A motor vehicle accident has been reported at Clinton Street Road and South Lake Road, Bergen.

There is at least one injury.

The roadway is blocked.

Bergen Fire being dispatched, also Mercy EMS.

UPDATE 9:40 a.m.: The injury is now reported as an elderly woman shaken up.

September 11, 2010 - 1:02pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, Pavilion.

A Warsaw Central School District van driver said his brakes failed yesterday causing the van he was driving to slam into a Pavilion pizzeria.

Nobody was injured in the 6:43 p.m. accident and no citations were issued.

The van was driven by Jeremy M. Donahue, 21, of Brooklyn Street, Warsaw.

The building struck was Paparoni Pizza, 11090 Route 19, Pavilion.

Witnesses said the van accelerated as it made a turn into the parking lot, and then braked. There were skid marks at the scene.

Chad B. Hanson, 24, was a passenger in the van.


(initial report)

September 10, 2010 - 6:48pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, Pavilion.

A car has hit a building at the intersection of routes 63 and 19, Pavilion.

There are no injuries reported.

Pavilion Fire is responding.

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September 8, 2010 - 8:45am
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, Pavilion.

There were no injuries in an auto accident on Route 19, but a pole and live electrical wires are down on Route 19 in Pavilion.

A car is in a field.

Pavilion Fire has responded.

September 7, 2010 - 10:29am
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, Bethany.

Mercy Flight has been dispatched to the Bethany Fire Hall to pick up a man who fell off a ladder.

He reportedly fell 15 feet, but was conscious following the accident.

It occurred on a farm off Route 20 in Bethany.

He was flown to Strong Memorial Hospital.

September 7, 2010 - 9:43am
posted by Howard B. Owens in crime, accident, pembroke.

A 21-year-old Pennsylvania woman was charged with DWI following a single-car accident on Main Road in Pembroke on Monday morning.

Jessica A. Franks, 5109 Bellvedere Road, Tobyhanna, Pa., allegedly failed to reduce her speed as her car entered a curve causing it to leave the roadway and strike a mailbox and its post.

The mailbox and post went airborne and struck a parked car. Franks' car then continued westbound striking two trees and a utility pole.

Franks was taken by ground ambulance to ECMC. The accident occurred at 5:41 a.m. in the area of 607 Main Road.

Franks' passenger, Darcie L. Myers, 21, was not injured.

The accident was investigated by Deputy Howard Carlson.






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