Driver hits pole and keeps driving across open pasture in East Pembroke
A 37-year-old Batavia man was taken by Mercy Flight to ECMC this morning after he apparently drove into a telephone pole and across a field into a brush line.
His car travel another 150 yards after shearing the pole off at its base, leaving behind pieces of his minivan as he continued rolling across the cow pasture.
Luis Gomez was reportedly driving southbound on Read Road when he reached the intersection at Route 33 and allegedly failed to stop for a stop sign and continued straight across Route 33, striking the pole on the other side of the T intersection.
The possibility of drinking and driving has not been ruled out, according to Deputy Ron Meides. (See update below.)
There was a partially consumed 12-pack of beer in the back seating area, though no open cans were visible.
No other people were in the minivan at the time of the accident. No other cars were involved.
Meides said Gomez was semiconscious as he was being prepared for Mercy Flight transport and was taken to ECMC "for evaluation."
East Pembroke Fire and Mercy EMS answered the initial call, which came in before 8 a.m.
UPDATE10:53 p.m.: Deputy Meides report was just released. Luis Gomez had a BAC of only .04. No citations were issued in the accident. The minivan traveled 329 feet after striking the the utility pole. The home address for Gomez was listed at 20 Thomas Ave., left apartment.