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June 4, 2009 - 8:26am
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, elba.

Only a minor injury was reported following a two-vehicle accident Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the intersection of Norton Road and Route 262.

Kenneth D. Kowalik, 49, of Elba, was reportedly driving a 2006 Honda pick-up north on Norton when he failed to yield for a stop sign, striking a 2004 Pontiac driven by Gina M. Johnson, 30, of Bergen.

Johnson complained of abdominal pain, but was not hurt seriously enough to be transported to the hospital.

June 3, 2009 - 9:52am
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, Darien.

Philip H. Rebmann, of Corfu, reportedly fell asleep while driving on Fargo Road in Darien around 3 p.m. yesterday, according to a Sheriff's Office accident report. His 2001 Olds two-door sedan traveled off the road, hit a rock, continued over a private driveway and slammed into a tree.

Rebmann, 65, complained of chest soreness, but was not transported to the hospital.

The vehicle was registered to a Darien Center woman. 

Initial reports said the driver claimed his car had been run off the road.  A passerby had taken him to a nearby residence.

June 2, 2009 - 3:09pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, accident.

A driver who's car slammed into a tree on Fargo Road says he was run off the road by another vehicle.

The call just came in.

Another driver picked up the driver involved in the accident and took him or her to a nearby residence. The driver reportedly suffered a minor injury, but an ambulance is not required.

May 27, 2009 - 6:37am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, accident.

tractor_accident_main_st.jpgThe Sherrif's Office is investigating last evenings accident involving a tractor that struck four vehicles and pushed a car sideways down Main Street in Batavia, injuring at least two people.

See yesterday's coverage.

The tractor driver, Neil W. Phelps, 55, of Caledonia, could face charges pending the outcome of the investigation, according to a Sheriff's Office press release.

A passenger in one of the cars struck when the tractor first turned onto Main Street from Route 63 was taken to UMMC for non-life-threatening injuries.

Phelps was also taken to UMMC for evaluation.

The driver of the car pushed down Main Street was also treated later that evening for complaints of hip pain, according to Robin Ettinger, who identified herself as the driver's daughter in a comment left on The Batavian last night.

UPDATE: Dan Fischer at WBTA is developing the story further. He has more details and an audio interview with Tim Yaeger coming.

May 22, 2009 - 3:00pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, accident.


I happened by this small accident on Main Street in Batavia just a minute or so after it happened. It occurred about 20 minutes ago.  The street is already clear.

May 18, 2009 - 12:22pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, Stafford.

The driver and one passenger suffered unspecified facial injuries and complained of pain following a roll over accident on Route 5 on Saturday near Buckley Road in Stafford.

The driver, L.M. Schellenberg, 18, of Le Roy, said she served to avoid a deer when she lost control of the vehicle.  The car was a 2001 Chevy sedan.

Her passenger also reportedly injured in the accident was 16-year-old D.M. Schellenberg, also of Le Roy. 

Both were taken by ambulance to an area hospital for treatment.

May 12, 2009 - 12:18pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, accident.


Just outside the office of The Batavian, a red Cadillac rear ended a U.S. Postal Service delivery truck. There are no apparent injuries. The vehicles have just been moved from the intersection. I didn't see the accident, only heard it.

May 7, 2009 - 5:36pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, accident.

A pedestrian has been struck by a car at North and Ross streets in Batavia. Firefighters and an ambulance have been dispatched.

Very minor injuries are reported.

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April 29, 2009 - 2:52pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, Bethany.

We have more information on an accident in Bethany we first reported yesterday afternoon.

There were apparently no serious injuries in the accident, which involved a driver following another car expecting the front car to make a right-hand turn on Bethany Center Road, when the car was actually turning left, according to State Police spokesperson Rebbecca Gibbons.

The first vehicle was driven by B.A. Pietrzykowski, 50, of Bethany. The second driver was Charles Fuller, 21, of Castile.

Fuller's car struck Pietrzykowski's vehicle and then drove off the road and hit a utility poll.

The police report hasn't been completed yet, Gibbons said, and it's unknown if any citations were issued.

April 28, 2009 - 12:57pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, Bethany.

There's been a two-car accident at 10537 Bethany Center Road, with one car slamming into a tree.

Initial personnel on scene report two patients.  We've also heard reports that people in the cars have been out walking around, appearing dazed.

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April 28, 2009 - 10:30am
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, pembroke.

The teen-age driver a 1991 Dodge sedan suffered a minor injury in a single-vehicle accident this morning in Pembroke.

Genevieve K. Sprague, 18, complained of back pain after the accident at 2508 Route 5, 200 feet east of West Avenue.

For an unreported reason, Sprague drove the vehicle off the road, struck a utility poll and fence.

A passenger in the vehicle, Michelle Sprague, age unknown, was not hurt the crash.

Both women are from Batavia. The accident was reported at 6:28 a.m.

April 27, 2009 - 7:57am
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, Pavilion.

sarah-protulipac.jpgSarah and Gretchen Protulipac were popular with their classmates, who are shocked and saddened by their deaths Saturday in a two-car collision at Route 77 and Sumner Road, according to the Buffalo News.

Both girls were honor students and Pavilion Central School. About 100 students gathered there Sunday for a vigil, according to the News.

Sarah was a junior at Pavilion Central. Her sister was a sophomore. Both girls were well-liked honor students who were musically inclined, said Edward Orman, the school district’s superintendent. In fact, Sarah performed earlier this spring in Pavilion Central’s production of “Guys and Dolls.” She also took part in a talent show.

gretchen-protulipac.jpg“She always tried to cheer people

up,” said Macy Penders, 16, who knew Sarah since second grade.

“She was a very sweet person,” said Brian Mogenhan, a senior at Pavilion Central who described Sarah as laid-back and compassionate.

Gretchen loved softball and volleyball, her friends recalled. But she wasn’t one of those overly competitive athletes.

The News reports that the girls were returning Saturday afternoon from Darien Lake, where they had gone to apply for summer jobs.

Pictures: Sarah, 17, top, and Gretchen, 16.

April 23, 2009 - 3:57pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, Alabama.

A woman's arm is reportedly pinned underneath a car following a one-vehcile rollover accident at the intersection of Bloomingdale and Martin roads.

Emergency crews are responding.

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April 17, 2009 - 12:40pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, accident.

A man from Hermitage, Penn., driving a 1996 Ford sedan reportedly didn't see a car ahead of him northbound on Route 63 and hit a utility poll after swerving to avoid rear-ending the lead car.

David M. Doxtater, 56, suffered minor cuts on his face, according to a police report.

The accident occurred at 10:05 a.m. at Route 63 and Batavia-Oakfield Townline Road.

National Grid was called to the scene to deal with the damaged utility poll.

The other vehicle, and no other vehicles were involved.

Deputy C.A. Parker investigated the accident.

April 17, 2009 - 12:06pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, accident.

A driver pulling out of a parking lot at 189 Pearl St. reportedly failed to yield the right of way and collided with an Alden man driving a 2008 Harley-Davidson motorcycle.

Injured was Patrick G. Schwab, 42. He reportedly suffered a serious leg injury and was transported by ambulance to an area hospital. No further information on his injury is available.

The driver of the car, Lynn E. Sanders, 38, of Batavia, was cited.

The accident occurred at 3:24 p.m.

This is a follow up from a post we did yesterday.

March 30, 2009 - 4:35pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, Bethany.

A black Mazda SUV pick up was involved in a single vehicle accident on Transit Road off Route 63 at about 3:40 p.m.  The driver told emergency personal he was unhurt, but was placed in an ambulance and checked over as a precaution. State Troopers on scene estimated the driver tried to make turn off southbound Route 63 onto Transit at 55 p.m. Skid marks arched across both lanes of Transit from Route 63 to the crashed truck. There were no passengers. Dispatchers had received a report of an erratic driver heading south on Ellicott Street in a black truck with a ladder rack, possibly a Nissan, at about 3:30 p.m. The driver was allegedly driving in the oncoming traffic lane, nearly causing at least one head-on collision.

March 20, 2009 - 1:00pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, accident, Wal-Mart.

An unidentified woman was taken to UMMC after driving her vehicle into Wal-Mart late this morning, according to WBTA.

The woman was apparently the only person injured, after her car smashed into the vestibule.

WBTA posted an audio interview with an eyewitness.

Sheriff's deputies told WBTA that the woman may have become confused the gas pedal and brake pedal of her car.

WBTA has posted a picture from the scene.

March 6, 2009 - 3:24pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, accident.

One person reported chest pains following a two-vehicle collision at the intersection of routes 33 and  in Stafford at about 2:30 p.m.

A state trooper on scene said the investigation was not yet completed and would not release the names of the drivers. He said a Chevy SUV was west bound on 33 when a pick up truck traveling on Route 327 apparently failed to stop.

We'll provide more details later as we're able to get them.

March 5, 2009 - 8:09am
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident.

Morgan L. Cox, 17, of Corfu, was injured when he was thrown from an ATV while jumping snow banks behind a residence on Main Street in Batavia, the Democrat and Chronicle reports.

Cox was taken to United Memorial. There is no word of the nature of his injuries nor his condition.

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