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Monday, January 9, 2012 at 5:46 pm

Le Roy woman still in ICU at Strong after being struck by own car Friday

post by Howard B. Owens in accident, Le Roy

A 77-year-old resident of the Royal Apartments in Le Roy remains in guarded condition tonight following an accident Friday when she was run over by her own SUV-type vehicle.

Joan F. Cole was reportedly parked and exited her vehicle at 2:20 p.m. when the car began to role. Cole attempted to re-enter the vehicle in an attempt to stop it. She couldn't get in and fell to the ground.

The vehicle's front left tire rolled over Cole's pelvic and leg area.

Cole was transported to Strong Memorial Hospital by Le Roy Ambulance.

At Strong, "guarded condition" means the patient is being cared for in the Intensive Care Unit.

Friday, January 6, 2012 at 6:53 pm

Accident with injuries in Darien

post by Howard B. Owens in accident, Darien

A motor vehicle accident with injuries is reported in the area of 1987 Chick Road in Darien.

A caller to dispatch reports "it's bad."

Vehicle is reportedly smoking and the caller is concerned about getting near it. There are people in the vehicle.

Darien fire and ambulance and Mercy EMS dispatched.

Deputy arriving on scene says "it looked like it rolled."

It may have hit a building.

Mercy Flight on ground standby. One person out of vehicle and walking but not responding appropriately.

UPDATE 6:56 p.m.: Only one occupant, and the person is out of the vehicle. The vehicle is not on fire.

UPDATE 7 p.m.: Mercy Flight still on ground standby. One Mercy response cancelled, another continuing.

UPDATE 7:02 p.m.: Mercy Flight dispatched to a landing zone on Griswold Road, Darien.

UPDATE 7:06 p.m.: Ten minute ETA for Mercy Flight.

UPDATE 7:19 p.m.: Mercy Flight on the ground.

UPDATE 7:08 p.m.: Updated ETA of five or six minutes for Mercy Flight.

UPDATE 8:34 p.m.: Darien fire is clearing the scene.


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Thursday, January 5, 2012 at 9:20 am

Accident with injuries reported on East Avenue near Clinton Street

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A motor-vehicle accident with injuries has been reported in the area of 266 East Ave., Batavia.

City fire and Mercy EMS responding.

Traffic is blocked.

UPDATE 9:30 a.m.: Mercy EMS: "There's four patients here. So far, only one being transported." The injury is minor.

UPDATE 9:32 a.m.: Both vehicles will need flatbed tows.


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Wednesday, January 4, 2012 at 3:53 pm

Pedestiran hit by car on West Saile Drive, minor injury reported

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A pedestrian has reportedly been hit by a car on West Saile Drive in the area of the State Police Barracks.

The patient is reportedly up and walking around, complaining of side pain.

Town of Batavia Fire Department and Mercy EMS responding.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012 at 10:30 am

Car hit while making U-turn on Bloomingdale Road

post by Howard B. Owens in accident, Alabama

The driver of a vehicle making a U-turn Monday afternoon at the intersection of Bloomingdale and Akerson roads, Alabama, was injured after being struck by an eastbound car.

Hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries was S.R. Weissenbuger, 55, of Citation Drive, Henrietta.

Weissenbuger was cited for alleged failure to yield right of way.

The other driver, Lola A. Sharlow, 63, of Hopkins Street, Mt. Morris, and her 17-year-old passenger were not injured.

The accident was investigated by Deputy Chris Parker.

(Initial report)

Monday, January 2, 2012 at 1:42 pm

Accident with injuries reported on Bloomingdale Road

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A T-bone accident with injuries is reported in the area of 1069 Bloomingdale Road, Alabama.

Alabama Fire Department is dispatched.

Two cars are blocking traffic.


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Monday, January 2, 2012 at 10:23 am

Driver reportedly failed to yield prior to accident on Route 20

post by Howard B. Owens in accident, alexander

A driver allegedly failed to yield the right of way at the intersection Brookville Road and Route 20, leading to an accident at 1:19 p.m., Saturday, that sent two people to the hospital with minor injuries.

Cited was Cortney A. Spiotta, 19, of Bartz Road, Alexander. Spiotta was injured in the accident.

The other driver, William A. Congdon, 47, of Meadowlark Drive, Avon, was also injured. His passenger, Edward J. Howard, 50, was not injured.

Spiotta was reportedly pulling her 2004 Ford SUV from Brookville Road onto Route 20 when Congdon's 2005 Ford sedan struck her vehicle.

Investigator Deputy Chris Parker wrote in his report that Spiotta said she was creeping into the intersection to see if the coast was clear. She said she did not see Congdon's vehicle.

Congdon told Parker that he saw Spiotta's vehicle slow at the intersection and then proceed onto Route 20.

Monday, January 2, 2012 at 8:58 am

Rollover accident reported on Route 98, north of West Saile Drive

post by Howard B. Owens in batavia, accident

A car has rolled over on Route 98 just north of West Saile Drive.

The driver is believed to be out of the car.

Town of Batavia Fire Department and Mercy EMS responding.

UPDATE 9 a.m.: Vehicle is on its side in the front yard of the residence. Driver out walking around, not injured. A responder warns caution for others approaching the scene, "98 is just a sheet of ice from Elba all the way to the city."

UPDATE 9:23 a.m.: Female driver being transported to UMMC for evaluation.

UPDATE 9:40 a.m.: Deputies still on scene discussed the traffic situation. Cars and trucks were struggling to get up a hill on Route 98. State DOT salted the road about five minutes prior. The scene is now clear.

Sunday, January 1, 2012 at 10:42 pm

Six-year-old reportedly drives car into house on Drake Street

post by Howard B. Owens in accident, Oakfield

A car has reportedly run into a house at 60 Drake St., Oakfield.

The reported operator of the vehicle is a 6-year-old girl.

No injuries are reported. The girl is reported to be walking back to her father's house.

UPDATE 11:43 p.m.: No citations. No arrests. No injuries. Minimal damage. The 6-year-old apparently found her father's keys, sneaked out of the house, got in the car and left with the intention of going to her mother's house. She headed south down Irving Parkway and failed to negotiate a turn at Drake Street, heading straight into the yard of the house on the south side of the street. Her father's sedan knocked over a mailbox. A trooper on scene said, "Thank God there was no east or west traffic (on Drake Street) or we would have had a much worse situation." He said there wasn't any indication that the father was negligent in order to support a charge such as "endangering the welfare of a child."


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Sunday, January 1, 2012 at 5:31 pm

Driver who reportedly went into Tonawanda Creek charged with DWI

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A 21-year-old driver who reportedly slammed his van through a guard rail and into the Tonawanda Creek off Walnut Street early Sunday morning has been charged with DWI.

Zachary D. Leitten, of 9351 Shepard Road, Batavia, was transported to UMMC after the accident and treated for injuries.

Beside facing a DWI charge, Leitten was cited for alleged speed not reasonable and prudent, moving from lane unsafely and driving on a sidewalk.

Officer Jason Ivison investigated the accident.

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