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August 28, 2015 - 10:11am
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, batavia.

A driver who said she fell asleep, leading to an accident Thursday afternoon on Assemblyman R. Steven Hawley Drive, Batavia, was cited for crossing the center line in a no-passing zone by Deputy Joseph Graff, who investigated the collision.

A. R. Jeering, 55, address redacted from report, was among three people injured in the three-car crash. She was transported to UMMC by Mercy EMS with a complaint of pain.

She was driving a 2011 Chevrolet sedan.

Also injured were Kaeleigh S. Disalvo, 21, no address provided, driving a 2008 Buick sedan, and Eric J. Merritt, 26, address redacted, driving a 2008 Ford sedan. Both were transported to UMMC by Mercy EMS with complaints of pain.

Merritt's passenger, 29-year-old Gregory A. Merritt, was not transported to a hospital.

Jeering was driving up the hill on Hawley Drive, westbound, when her vehicle crossed the center line and struck the vehicle driven by Disalvo and then the one driven by Merritt.

(Initial Report)

August 23, 2015 - 12:49am
posted by Billie Owens in accident, bergen.


A motor-vehicle accident with three possible injuries is reported in the area of 7787 Sackett Road. Bergen fire and ambulance responding.

UPDATE 12:49 a.m.: The vehicle flipped over and two people are still inside. The location is between Route 19 and West Sweden Road.

UPDATE 12:54 a.m.: Three ambulances are called to the scene.

UPDATE 1:06 a.m.: Sounds like a serious accident. They "are working on a ground contact" for Mercy Flight.

UPDATE 1:53 a.m.: One person was transported to a hospital via Mercy ambulance, primarily for precautionary reasons.

UPDATE 2:29 p.m.: Mercy Flight was cancelled. Two people were killed in this accident. Family members are being notified. A coroner is en route to the scene.

UPDATE 5 a.m.: Primary family notifications are complete, though the names of the victims have not yet been released. All three occupants were from Orleans County. The vehicle, a red Mini Cooper, was eastbound on Sackett Road when the driver lost control of the vehicle. A front-seat passenger, who was transported to Strong, told a deputy a deer was in the roadway. There was also fog at the time of the accident and the accident occurred at an S-curve. However, skid marks indicate the vehicle was likely traveling at a high rate of speed. The trio was returning from the Livingston County Fair. Alcohol has not been ruled out as a factor in the crash, but investigators will need to await a report from the Monroe County Medical Examiner's Office. The driver, a male in his 30s, and a backseat passenger, in her 20s, sustained fatal injuries. The driver was wearing a seatbelt, the backseat passenger was not. The front seat passenger, also in his 30s, was wearing his seat belt. The vehicle crossed the center line and traveled in a straight path for some distance before exiting the roadway on the south shoulder just before a ravine. At that point, it appears the vehicle flipped and struck a tree.

UPDATE 10 a.m.: Overnight, the Sheriff's Office put out a press release about the accident, which corrects some of the information in the last update above. The driver is identified as Dylan Starkweather, 22, of South Fancher Road, Holley. He was driving a 2005 Mini Cooper. The rear-seat passenger, who also died, was Tracy Manchester, 31, of Lomond Shore, Kendall. The front-seat passenger was Joshua Deyager, 23, of Jerico Road, Bergen. He was transported to Strong by the Bergen Fire Department ambulance. The crash is being investigated by Deputy Joseph Loftus, with Deputy Andrew Hale, Deputy Chad Cummings and members of the Crash Management Team, Deputy James Diehl and Investigator Roger Stone.



August 19, 2015 - 7:45pm
posted by Billie Owens in Darien, accident, corfu.

A motor-vehicle accident with minor injuries is reported at 8834 Alleghany Road. Corfu fire and Mercy medic #4 are responding. The traffic is heavy in the area due to the Chris Brown concert at Darien Lake Performing Art Center. There are "multiple more vehicle accidents" in the queue, says a dispatcher.

August 18, 2015 - 9:36pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, pembroke.


Pembroke and Indian Falls firefighters are on scene of a motor-vehicle accident at 678 Main Road, between South Lake Road and Back Street.

Minor injuries reported.

Mercy EMS is responding.

A passenger with minor injuries was reportedly entrapped, but a firefighter there said all occupants are out of the SUV.

UPDATE: Reader submitted photos.



August 18, 2015 - 2:12pm
posted by Billie Owens in accident, Oakfield.

A motor-vehicle accident with possible minor injuries is reported in the Village of Oakfield at North Main Street and Cary Avenue. An elderly male is said to be shaken up by the incident. Oakfield fire and Mercy medics are responding.

August 18, 2015 - 10:01am
posted by Billie Owens in accident, batavia.

A motor-vehilce accident with unknown injuries is reported at 427 E. Main St. in Batavia. City firefighters and Mercy medics are responding.

August 16, 2015 - 4:00pm
posted by Billie Owens in accident, Darien, darien lake theme park.

A car vs. pedestrian accident is reported at Darien Lake Theme Park, 9993 Alleghany Road. Unknown injuries. Darien fire and ambulance are responding and told to go to "P" exit.

August 15, 2015 - 6:57am
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, Alabama.

A car has reportedly hit a pole and is now upside down in a ditch along Route 77 near Marble Road, Alabama.

No word yet on injuries.

Alabama fire and Mercy EMS responding.

August 14, 2015 - 11:53am
posted by Billie Owens in accident, batavia.


A car is stuck in a creek and the driver is injured at 8900 Creek Road. Town of Batavia Fire Department and Mercy medics are responding.

The car reportedly struck a pole and went off the road into the creek. The pole and wires are down across the roadway. The location is between Lehigh Avenue and Dorman Road.

UPDATE 12:55 p.m.: Howard at the scene reports the driver is out and her only apparent injury is a rash from the shoulder harness of the safety belt. She was swatting at a bee and apparently lost control of the car. She was driving a black Chevy Malibu, which struck a pole, and there's a wire across the roadway, put no pole is down. This occurred at the curve on Creek Road between Lehigh Avenue and Lehigh Road. The vehicle landed, not in a creek, but in a ravine which is sometimes filled with water.

August 5, 2015 - 8:51am
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, indian falls, pembroke.

A 22-year-old Buffalo resident is in critical condition at ECMC after an overnight accident on Route 77 in Indian Falls that required volunteer firefighters to extricate him from his vehicle.

Luis A. Martinez-Morales was airlifted by Mercy Flight following the 12:10 a.m. collision at the intersection of Route 77 and Indian Falls Road.

The Genesee County Sheriff's Office is investigating the crash.

The Buffalo-man allegedly failed to stop at the intersection. He was westbound on Indian Falls Road. His car was struck by a northbound 2005 Hyundai Santa Fe driving by Dixie Woodworth, 53, of Maple Avenue, Lyndonville.

The Honda Accord driven by Martinez-Morales and the Santa Fe both skidded off the west shoulder of Route 77 just north of Gabbey Road.

A passenger in the Accord, 22-year-old Brian Ortiz-Guevara, of Puerto Rico, sustained minor injuries. He was taken by Mercy EMS to ECMC for evaluation.

Woodworth also sustained minor injuries and was transported by the Darien ambulance to ECMC.

The Pembroke and Indian Falls fire departments responded to the scene.

The investigation is being conducted by Deputy Rich Schildwaster and Sgt. Ron Meides. Charges are pending. Alcohol is not considered a factor in the crash.

(Initial Report)

August 5, 2015 - 12:29am
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, pembroke, indian falls.

An accident with injuries is reported at Route 77 and Gabbey Road, Pembroke.

Extrication is required and Mercy Flight is dispatched.

A landing zone is being set up at the Methodist church in Indian Falls. Darien's ambulance also dispatched.

Pembroke and Indian Falls fire departments have responded.

UPDATE 12:34 a.m.: Mercy Flight has landed.

UPDATE 12:36 a.m.: Darien ambulance in route to the church.

UPDATE 12:47 a.m.: Mercy Flight transporting patient to ECMC.

August 4, 2015 - 8:49pm
posted by Billie Owens in accident, Le Roy.

An accident with possible injuries is reported at West Main and Clay streets in Le Roy. Le Roy Ambulance Service is already en route and Le Roy fire is responding.

August 2, 2015 - 10:49am
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, batavia.

A car has reportedly hit a bicyclist on South Swan Street, Batavia.

A minor injury is reported.

City fire and Mercy EMS responding.

July 30, 2015 - 5:07pm
posted by Billie Owens in accident, thruway, Le Roy.

A tractor-trailer rollover accident is reported on the westbound Thruway at mile marker 377. The driver is said to be trapped inside. Le Roy fire and Mercy medics are responding. Bergen fire is asked to stand by in its quarters in case mutual aid is needed.

UPDATE 5:16 p.m.: Le Roy command requests the Bergen crew to stage at the Le Roy Park & Ride lot.

UPDATE 5:17 p.m.: Mercy Flight is called and will land in the median adjacent to the accident scene.

UPDATE 5:54 p.m.: Bergen went back in service about 15 minutes ago. Le Roy is going back in service now and a responder tells dispatch that Thruway traffic "is backed up quite a bit." Didn't catch the destination of Mercy Flight.

July 27, 2015 - 2:17pm
posted by Billie Owens in accident, Alabama.

A man was reportedly struck by a garbage truck and briefly pinned between it and a dumpster at 396 Wright Road, Alabama, near Tesnow Road. He is no longer trapped but his condition is unknown. Alabama fire and Mercy medics are responding.

July 25, 2015 - 11:57pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, Darien.

A one-vehicle roll over accident is reported in the area of 175 Genesee St., Darien. 

A person is believed to be trapped. 

Dispatchers are checking on the availability of Mercy Flight. One helicopter is already tied up on a medical call in Stafford. 

Darien fire and ambulance dispatched. 

UPDATE: No serious injuries reported.

July 24, 2015 - 5:49pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, crime, accident.

A car vs. pedestrian accident is reported at Jackson and Ellicott streets in the City of Batavia. The suspect vehicle (not described) left the scene. The pedestrian who was struck is said to be limping in front of the Kwik Fill / Red Apple gas station and convenience store on the corner.

UPDATE 5:56 p.m.: Police say the suspect vehicle is a gold Ford Taurus that went southbound on Ellicott Street (Route 63).

July 19, 2015 - 4:48pm
posted by Billie Owens in accident, Alabama.

A car reportedly crashed into a tree or trees on Council House Road, near Meadville Road, Alabama. Unknown injuries. Alabama Fire Department is responding, along with Mercy medics. An ambulance from Amherst is also called.

UPDATE 4:54 p.m.: No ambulance will be needed, just a deputy and a tow truck, says a firefighter at the scene.

July 19, 2015 - 3:56pm
posted by Billie Owens in accident, thruway, east pembroke.


A big accident is reported on the eastbound Thruway at mile marker 397. Unknown injuries. It involves two tractor-trailers and at least two other vehicles. East Pembroke Fire Department is responding along with Mercy Medics.

UPDATE 4:03 p.m.: Town of Batavia Fire Department requested to the scene. Pembroke and Indian Falls fire department asked to shut down eastbound I-90 at Pembroke exit.

UPDATE 4:05 p.m.: A third ambulance, this one from Darien, is called in.

UPDATE 4:29 p.m.: Howard at the scene reports seeing no tractors-trailers; rather, there's an SUV or RV towing a trailer, a pickup truck, and another passenger vehicle involved in the crash.

UPDATE 4:49 p.m.: A responder on scene reports traffic in the opposite direction -- westbound -- is backed up for at least eight miles.

UPDATE 5:19 p.m.: Town of Batavia is back in service. 

UPDATE 5:17 p.m.: Pembroke and Indian Falls traffic control detail is back in service.

UPDATE 5:23 p.m.: A reader reports both lanes are now open.

Reader submitted photos.




July 18, 2015 - 4:59pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, batavia.

A car has reportedly hit a pedestrian in the area of 42 Clinton Ave., Batavia.

The car has left the area.

City fire and Mercy EMS responding.

UPDATE 5:04 p.m.: City fire back in service.




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