They haven't released the name of the driver yet but you posted pictures of the accident. That's terrible and you need to think about this woman's family and friends.
Elba woman killed when car strikes tree on North Byron Road
Submitted by Howard Owens on November 8, 2011 - 8:18pm
State Police investigators are still uncertain about what caused a car heading westbound on North Byron Road this afternoon to go off the south shoulder and strike a tree on the driver's side.
Impact was right at the driver's seat and the car wrapped around the tree nearly to the point of the passenger's seat.
The driver, Linda Brown, 67, of Elba, was pronounced dead at the scene by Coroner Robert Yungfleisch.
The accident occurred about a half mile east of Log City Road, Elba.
Trooper John Szymkowiak was first on the scene and said he checked Brown's vitals and did not detect a pulse. He requested Mercy Flight be dispatched to the scene.
An Elba medic arrived minutes later and the medic was also unable to detect a pulse and other vital signs were negative. Mercy Flight was canceled at that point.
The initial call to 9-1-1 was at about 3:50 p.m. by another westbound driver who came over the top of a hill, just east of the accident location, and saw the car strike the tree.
The witness did not see enough prior to impact to help provide information on what caused Brown's car to go off the road.
Szymkowiak said it appeared Brown started to go off the road about 100 feet prior to impact with the tree and there were some signs of braking on the road surface.
"The cause is still under investigation," Szymkowiak said. "It could have been a medical issue. It could have been a deer in the roadway. We are looking at several things right now."
An autopsy will be completed to try and determine if the cause was medical.
Updated at 8:29 p.m.
UPDATE: WBTA's Geoff Redick has video posted.
I agree with you!
This must be directly related to the "negativity" study the city did. Everyone whom seems to think that the world revolves around their moral compass has a criticism of how Howard handles delicate news items like this. I have an idea if you dont like the way he covers news, go start your own news site that only gives news the way you deem is proper. I have been here a few years now and haven't seen Howard handle any news haphazardly or inappropriately. I guess some comments really speak to how some people think.
Kudos Howard on standing your ground and handling things in a professional manner. You too Billie and all the other staff that Howard has nowadays. This is the first place I turn to when I want to know whats going on (And the fact they let me rant once in a while helps keep me loyal too.)
I am with Kyle on this.
I agree that this is a little graphic since the name wasn't released yet. What if it was ur grandmother? And u found one by looking at these pics. My step sister passed in a car accident. I'm with dawn on this one.
Mrs. Brown was a wonderful person. My heart goes out to her husband Pastor Brown and the rest of her family. Its hard to see the vehicle and to know what happened, but I know Howard acted with integrity in this situation as he always does when he posts accidents.
Thats ok Dawn / Gary /and Carol.
First responders are aware of websites like this and their tactics. Depts are limiting what they allow on radios (over heard on scanners) and the access to scenes because of previous actions. Sadly it's money out of dept budgets that has to be used for this, where it could go towards more safety equipment.
Karma is a b***h
Howard did what every reporter would do and what we expect from him as a reporter. I am a good friend with a member of the family and I can tell you that before Howard posted this the family had been notified. They are a wondrful Christian family and I ask everyone to join me in a prayer for them. My heart is broken for what they are going through and through my tears I write this post.
Unbelievable. This is cutting edge up to date news at it's finest and that's why the people of the community tune into Howard. We all know whats going on out there because of Howard's fast coverage and posts. i'm sure it's not easy to run out to the scene take photos gather accurate info get back to the Batavian and post the story (often before the Daily News)so the rest of us can know whats going on up the road or in the next town over.Howard has allways done a good job of not showing us the graphics that he himself probably saw when he was on the scene...This is what "News" is .If you can't handle it, then maybe news is not for you and you should just stick to playing Cafe world.
And yet my comment was "deleted" the other day when I posted that the hunter had passed away(that I learned from a Buffalo TV website,that I didn't specify) before they released name and Howard thought family members could figure it out if someone posted he died.....
Yep TJ karma is a bitch, you're right that first responders are aware of websites like this, and what you charaterize as tactics is actually regular procedure for them and the way they cover news. How they limit access to a scene or talk over the radio at the sacrifice of getting equipment I think is a bit of an exaggeration on your part, but way to go at making it more dramatic. I'm sure someone who is a first responder will correct you.
As explained by Howard earlier they already had contacted the family before the photos and detailed news was posted. Confirmed again by friends of the family as well. If you dont like the coverage go somewhere else for your news and discussion.
Hey Bob I understand your confusion but maybe think of it like this... You may have heard from a legit news source that got told it was ok to post. But Howard hadn't gotten the release yet so your post was deleted probably to err on the side of caution. Unlike accusations to the contrary I think he adheres admirably well to decorum and respectful discretion when it comes to these types of things. But I can tell he wont be bullied into not doing his job by those who's delicate insensibilities are offended by the way he covers stories, especially when they are indignant on the behalf of people they dont even know.
Sorry about my griping Howard-it's tough to please people-you're damned if you do,you're damned if you don't. This is still the best site for up to the minute(hell,up to the second) updates....just keep doing what you do,Howard-it IS appreciated.
suprised she didn't knock that tree over. it doesn't look tall or wide. must be deep rooted?
Come on people, this is a news site, and a damn good one at that. If you don't like what you see or read, why do you log on? Howard and the rest of his staff do an exellent job reporting news and articles that are pertinant to this area.
Unlike the tv crews, Howard isn't looking for ratings, he is reporting the news.
Thoughts and prayers go out to family and friends. This was a horrific accident.
Howard.....isnt there a poll question brewing on this forum thread? LOL
and this is what I (and probably most of us) REALLY like about this site, is the comments and being able to discuss the stories, and sometimes disagree and have these debates. I agree Howard does an AMAZING job and as has been said in the past there is no way to please everybody.
Howard don't change a thing like others have said yourself and staff do a great job ( I have been in the fire service for 32 yrs.) its nice to have someone like you reporting in a respectful manner to all involved.
The third photo is strange. It almost looks as if the tree grew through the car. My condolences for the premature loss of a life that meant a lot to so many people and it makes me appreciate every day even more knowing a piece of space trash could crash through my roof and kill me without a moments notice. I think the whole world needs to embrace life a lot harder and thank reality that it is a limited run. That's the best part, who wants to hang around forever if it mostly stinks? Make it as cool as it can be and hang on for every second of the ride. Does anyone know what the make and model of that car was? I don't think a Honda would have done that. I'm guessing a tie rod broke.
heh, Ok so today is a perfect example .I just had to laugh because I heard sirens not to far from here, And as many people of the community now do,I logged into the Batavian and sure enough I found that there is an accident a few roads over and not only that, they are also detouring trafic onto my road. Live power lines are also down and national grid is on the way.that means I better hurry up and prepare my lunch because this area might possibly be loosing power soon. Once agian Thank You Batavian for the live info...That may be a little side tracked from this discussion but it is all relevant.
Kyle and Howard,
When do you have car maintenance done once the warranty expires, if you ever had a warranty to begin with?
On a predetermined schedule as outlined by the manufacturer. 5%
As needed by serious breakdowns that prevent it from running. 90%
As I can afford an oil change if I do it myself. 5%
I think that was an old Old's or Pontiac, rust kills. But, it's just speculation except for the poll results.
No Gregory, you are totally on subject. If you want to see sidetracked in motion follow my comments for a couple of months. The bad part is I keep promising myself I won't comment anymore and then I do and do and do and do and do. There are almost enough do do do do do's for a Frank Sinatra rendition of "Strangers in the Night."
That looks like a mid-90's Buick Century. Tree is ALWAYS going to win vs. a vehicle,except maybe a small sapling.