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Friday, October 21, 2011 at 1:15 pm

Driver in early morning crash in Elba faces possible DWI charge

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The driver of a sedan that smashed into a tree on Route 262 in Elba shortly after 5:30 a.m. may face a DWI charge.

Corey Hemmer, 25, of Elba, was taken by Mercy Flight to ECMC.

Chief Deputy Jerome Brewster said a blood sample was taken from Hemmer and additional charges may be pending.

Hemmer is in intensive care.

Also injured where Megan Ann Gregg, 18. She is listed in guarded condition at Strong Memorial Hospital. Strong's policy is to list anybody in intensive care as "guarded."

The third victim in the crash is Aaron Pahuta, 19. He underwent emergency surgery at ECMC this morning.

Hemmer was reportedly driving westbound on Route 262 just east of Route 98 when his Pontiac drifted off the north side of the roadway. The car struck a tree head on.

Sgt. Brian Frieday said at the scene that a passerby found the wreckage some time after the accident. Investigators were unsure at that time how much earlier the accident had occurred.

All three occupants had to be extricated and transported to hospitals by Mercy Flight.

The accident is under investigation by the Crash Management Team of the Sheriff's Office.

Elba Fire Department and Mercy EMS responded to the scene and Town of Batavia Fire Department was dispatched to provide additional extrication tools and manpower.

Note: Upon request of the Sheriff's Office, publication of photos withheld until victim notifications completed.

Friday, October 21, 2011 at 5:50 am

Car into tree accident reported on Route 262, Elba

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A car has hit a tree on Route 262, just east of Route 98 in Elba.

Three people were in the car and one person is entrapped.

Mercy Flight is on in-air standby.

Three Mercy EMS ambulances have been dispatched.

Elba Fire Department is on scene.

UPDATE 5:52 a.m.: Two Mercy Flight helicopters requested to the scene. A landing zone will be set up at the fire department rec hall.

UPDATE 5:54 a.m.:  Third Mercy Flight helicopter requested to the scene.

UPDATE 5:57 a.m.: All three occupants are trapped in the vehicle.

UPDATE 6:01 a.m.: First Mercy Flight bird on the ground. A second has been dispatched. Dispatchers are checking on availability of a third helicopter.

UPDATE 6:06 a.m.: Town of Batavia Fire's extrication equipment requested to the scene. Oakfield Fire requested to standby at Elba Fire Hall.

UPDATE 6:08 a.m.: Third helicopter in route with a 20 to 25 minute ETA.

UPDATE 6:27 a.m.: Second helicopter on the ground.

UPDATE 7:02 a.m.: All three victims have been extricated. The third helicopter is at the scene.

Thursday, October 20, 2011 at 9:21 pm

Three-car accident reported on East Main at Vine Street

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A three-car accident with minor injuries has been reported on East Main Street at Vine Street, Batavia.

City Fire Department and Mercy EMS on scene.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011 at 5:30 pm

Driver seen 'doing something' inside van before losing control on North Byron Road

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A man driving a Ford van lost control of it while on North Byron Road, Elba, this morning, causing it to go into a ditch and overturn.

The driver, Elmer Perez-Garcia, 17, of Morristown, Tenn., suffered only minor injuries in the accident and did not require hospital treatment.

Perez-Garcia was cited for alleged failure to maintain lane and driving without a license.

A witness told Deputy Chris Parker that he saw Perez-Garcia's van cross into the eastbound lane and the driver appeared to be "doing something" inside the van prior to losing control.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011 at 8:38 am

Accident reported at Jackson and Ellicott

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An accident has been reported at the intersection of Jackson and Ellicott streets.

A victim reportedly has glass in his eye.

City Fire Department and Mercy EMS responding.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011 at 2:18 am

Car reportedly strikes pole on South Jackson Street

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A car has reportedly struck a pole in the area of 309 S. Jackson St., Batavia.

Unknown injuries.

Wires are down on the road.

City Fire Department and Mercy EMS responding. Law enforcement on scene.

UPDATE 2:19 a.m.: The driver reportedly fled the scene. The only description is he was wearing a sweatshirt.  He ran east on South Jackson.

UPDATE 3:26 a.m.: The alleged driver returned to the scene. He immediately started picking up his sporting equipment strewn in the road until a police officer came over and began an interview with him. The driver said he left the scene because he panicked. He said he didn't think he was going that fast, "but obviously I was." Adding, "my car is totaled." After a brief chat with police officers, he was examined by Mercy medics. He complained of back pain. He was transported by private vehicle to UMMC where he will be questioned further.  National Grid arrived on scene just before 3 a.m. City firefighters cleared the scene at 3:20 a.m. The pole replacement work is expected to take several hours. The identity of the driver has not been released yet.


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Monday, October 17, 2011 at 9:21 am

Child on bike suffered minor injury after hitting car in Oakfield

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A 6-year-old on a bike suffered minor injuries Sunday morning after striking a car pulling out of a parking lot on Main Street in Oakfield.

The child's injuries were minor enough that he was not transported to a hospital.

Hurt was Chase B. Guzdek, of Irving Parkway, Oakfield.

Chase was riding southbound on a sidewalk on Main Street at 10:21 a.m. when a car driven by Deanna S. Keenan, 49, of Fisher Road, Oakfield, was pulling out of a parking lot. Keenan looked past buildings to initiate a left turn.

Chase could not stop in time to avoid the car due to his speed, Deputy Chris Parker wrote in his report.

No citations were issued.

(Initial Report)

Sunday, October 16, 2011 at 10:15 pm

Car into pole on Main Road, Stafford, no injuries

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A car has hit a pole in the area of 6123 Main Road, Stafford.

No injuries are reported, but there are apparently wires down in the road. Stafford Fire Police requested to the scene for traffic control.

UPDATE 10:29 p.m.:  The lines hanging low over Route 5 are power lines. National Grid has been notified. No traffic can go through.

UPDATE 11:05 p.m.: National Grid has a 15-minute ETA.

Sunday, October 16, 2011 at 10:26 am

Pedestrian hit by car outside M&T Bank in Oakfield

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A pedestrian appears to not be seriously injured after being hit by a car outside the M&T Bank, 54 Main St., Oakfield.

The victim is conscious and alert and walking.

Oakfield fire and ambulance dispatched.

UPDATE 10:29 a.m.: Units responding non-emergency mode. Confirmed, minor injuries.

UPDATE 10:31 a.m.: Mercy Medic 2 put back in service. Victim will be transported to the hospital by private vehicle.

Friday, October 14, 2011 at 11:36 am

Photo: Rollover accident on Ford Road, Elba

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The driver of this Ford pickup truck walked away from this accident with hardly a scratch.

According to a State Trooper on scene, the driver was eastbound on Ford Road in Elba when he apparently fell asleep. He woke up, the trooper said, and over corrected, sending the truck into a ditch on the south side of the road.

Elba Fire Department and Mercy EMS responded to the scene. The call came in shortly after 9:30 a.m.

No further details available at this time.

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