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Car accident

Sheriff: Man Fell Asleep, Hit Parked Cars

Sheriff: Driver Fell Asleep,

Hit 2 Parked Cars In Milford

MILFORD – An Illion man allegedly fell asleep at the wheel before he hit two parked cars on Main Street in Milford this morning, according to Sheriff Richard J. Devlin Jr.

Timothy B. Mower, 45, Illion, was allegedly traveling south on state highway 28 in the Village of Milford when he is believed to have fallen asleep. His truck, which was towing a trailer, hit two cars parked on the shoulder of the roadway, pushing the second car into a brick wall and the third car into a utility pole.

Sheriff’s Deputies On Scene Of 3-Car Pileup
Truck Hit Two Parked Cars on Main Street

Sheriff’s Deputies On Scene

Of 3-Car Pileup in Milford

Otsego County Sheriffs Deputies are on the scene of a three-car pileup on Main Street in Milford, where a driver in a truck pulling a trailer allegedly lost control of his vehicle and plowed into two parked cars at 10:05 this morning. No injuries were reported and at present, no tickets have been issued, but Sheriff Richard J. Devlin Jr, said that the investigation is ongoing. (Photo courtesy of Hank Nicols)
Unadilla Woman In Critical Condition After Being Struck By Car

Unadilla Woman Hit

By Car, Hospitalized

In Critical Condition

UNADILLA – A 69-year-old Unadilla woman was critically injured Saturday when she was struck by a Jeep that drifted into the shoulder where she was walking,  Trooper Aga Dembinska, Troop C public information officer, reported.

Susan Haney was walking southbound on the east shoulder of County Route 4 when she was allegedly struck by a 2007 Jeep Patriot driven by Nicole L. Wilber, 34, Unadilla, who was driving north. According to police, the passenger-side headlight and mirror struck Haney, who was then thrown several feet onto the shoulder.

Sheriff’s Deputy Injured In Springfield Crash

Sheriff’s Deputy Injured

In Springfield Crash

Deputy James Mateunas

SPRINGFIELD – A Sheriff’s Deputy is in surgery following a two-car crash at the intersection of Route 80 and Route 20 in Springfield at around 3 p.m. this afternoon.

“Deputy James Mateunas sustained multiple fractures to his legs and is in surgery,” said Sheriff Richard J. Devlin Jr. “His patrol vehicle was hit head-on.”

Car Crashes Reported Throughout County


On Icy Roads, Cars Flip

Around Otsego County

Dramatic as it may look, the driver walked away from this rollover accident on Route 31 (East Lake Road) south of East Springfield, state police report.  (John Bower for

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to

COOPERSTOWN – At least four car crashes have been reported as the snow falls on Otsego County, creating slick roads.

At 8:12 a.m., a car flipped over on Route 31 in Springfield, though no injuries were reported. A second rollover, on Route 166, was reported to involve “minor injuries” to one occupant.

Palatine Bridge Man Charged After Route 33 Crash

Palatine Bridge Man

Ticketed For Leaving

Phoenix Mills Crash

Its front smashed in from colliding with the telephone pole in foreground, a the Ford SUV comes to rest at the south end of Phoenix Mills early Saturday morning. (Photo contribute)

PHOENIX MILLS – A Palatine Bridge man was ticketed for fleeing the scene of the early-morning accident that knocked down a telephone pole and damaged a parked car at 4:30 a.m. Saturday, rousing the neighborhood.

According to Troop C, Jamie M. Lambert, 20, was charged with leaving the scene of a property damage accident, driving to the left of pavement markings and speed not reasonable and prudent.

At around 4:46 a.m., Saturday morning, a 2009 Ford hit a parked 2011 Hyundai Elantra belonging to neighbor Michael Wilsey, snapped a telephone pole and knocked down a mailbox, according to Aga Dembinska, the troop’s public relations officer.

He allegedly fled the scene, but he responded to State Police at Richfield Springs. He suffered minor injuries in the crash.

Police Seek Driver After Route 33 Crash


Early Morning Hit, Run

Shakes Up Phoenix Mills

The driver of a 2011 Hyundai Elantra fled on foot after striking a telephone pole and a parked car on Route 33 in Phoenix Mills early this morning. (Jim Kevlin/

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to

Debris is scattered along the roadside, and it appears the Elantra went down a nearby bank.

PHOENIX MILLS – State police are seeking the driver of a grey 2009 Ford who they say fled the scene after a noisy crash at 4:46 a.m. today on Route 33 at the south end of this Town of Middlefield hamlet.

Neighbors say everyone woke with a jolt.  They estimated the driver must have been going 80 mph.

A so-far unknown person was operating the Ford when it went off the road, hit a parked 2011 Hyundai Elantra belonging to neighbor Michael Wilsey, snapped a telephone pole and knocked down a mailbox, according to Aga Dembinska, Troop C public relations officer.

No Injuries Reported In Chestnut St. Rollover

No Injuries Reported

In Chestnut St. Rollover

At left, Sgt. Ralph Pajerski, Oneonta Police Dept., surveys the scene as firefighter Ron Wamsley sweeps up debris around a vehicle rollover that blocked Chestnut Street in Oneonta for nearly an hour. Sgt. Pajerski reported that the driver was momentarily distracted when she put down a tissue. She then allegedly struck a parked car resulting in the accident. No injuries were reported and streets are now clear. (Ian Austin/



Car Hits Plains At Parish; No Injuries Reported

Car Hits Plains At Parish;

No Injuries Reported

Ryan Winchester, a tow truck operator with Thetford’s Towing, prepares to tow a car after it crashed into an apartment at the Plains at Parish this afternoon. The crash happened after a resident allegedly lost control of the vehicle while attempting to move to a different parking space, going over a snowbank and a bush before hitting the outside wall of an apartment in the main building. No one was injured, but the State Police and West Oneonta Fire Department were on the scene, and the investigation is ongoing. (Ian Austin/
No Injuries As Car Rolls Over Clinton Street Embankment

No Injuries As Car Rolls Over

Clinton Street Embankment

Oneonta Fire Captain Thomas DiMartin stands next to an SUV that went over the embankment behind the Bagnardi Shoe Repair shop at 128 Chestnut St., missing the building by three feet. The accident, which occurred around 9:45 a.m, was caused when the driver attempted to execute a turn on Clinton Street and he lost control, sendng the vehicle over the edge. A tree stump and some power lines were torn up, but neither of the car’s two occupants were injured. At this hour, Oneonta fire department crews are on the scene as they wait for NYSEG to arrive, but traffic has not been disrupted. (Ian Austin/


Sister, Stranger Worked Together After Crash

Younger Sister Came

To Her Elder’s Rescue

Julie Ford’s car hit a patch of black ice and sent her and her sister, Abby, into a tree on Saturday morning.


COOPERSTOWN – Even though she herself was suffering from a concussion, Abby Ford was able to call 911 following the Saturday crash that left her sister, Julie, the driver, injured and in and out of consciousness.

“Abby managed to dial 911,” said their mother, Amy. “It’s a miracle they were able to get the call through. Wiley Town Road never has cell service.”

A stranger, later identified as Dennis Brassaw, Cooperstown, was also driving down the road and stopped to wait with the girls until state troopers and EMS arrived. “We’re so grateful to him,” said Amy. “I went to the site of the accident today, and he was there and introduced himself.”

CCS Forward Airlifted From Crash, Recovering

CCS Forward Airlifted

From Crash, Recovering

Julie Ford

COOPERSTOWN – CCS basketball star Julie Ford is recovering at home after she was airlifted to Albany from an accident scene last Friday.

According to Nate Reigel, State Police public information officer, Ford was driving the car southbound on Wiley Town Road around noon when she hit a patch of black ice and slid 100 feet before striking a tree on the northbound shoulder.

Ford was “in and out of consciousness” at the scene, and her sister, Abby, a passenger, called 911, according to a Facebook post made by their mother, Amy Hurtubise Ford.

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