Monday, September 12, 2011 at 4:57 pm
An alleged drunken driver reportedly started a four-car accident at 2:04 p.m., Saturday, on Route 77 near Route 5 in Pembroke after she rear-ended a car in front of her.
The driver's car then continued forward -- after the first car it hit was pushed out of the way -- and struck a third car in the rear, which hit the car in front of it.
Charged with DWI was Heidi J. Berkes, 27, of North Madison Street, Rome.
Berkes was driving a 2005 Ford SUV when she came upon two cars stopped at the intersection of Route 77 and Route 5 and third car immediately in front of her slowing.
She reportedly struck a car driven by Justin C. Mahar, 19, of Rebecca Street, North Syracuse. Mahar's car was pushed off the road and then Berkes' SUV struck a car driven by Matthew F. Endres, 19, of Carrie Marie Lane, Hllton, which then struck a car driven by Michele Lillie, 39, of Buffalo Road, Erie.
Injured in the accident were Cory Delahunt, 26, a passenger in Berkes' SUV, Endres and Lillie.
Berkes and Mahar were not injured, and the seven other passengers in the four vehicles were not injured.
Mahar was cited for alleged unlicensed operation.
The accident was investigated by Sgt. Greg Walker.