Ten-year-old girl struck by car March 14; Yates County Highway plow and road patrol pick-up involved in two weather-related crashes Friday

March 16 marked the end of the six weeks of winter that were predicted by those who believe a Pennsylvania groundhog’s proclamation, and even though it’s the middle of March, local motorists and road patrol officers are hoping this was the final roar of this March’s lion.

Two storms hit the area last week — one on Wednesday, March 14 and another on Friday, March 16. While the measurable snow wasn’t particularly noteworthy, the impact of poor visibility and blowing and drifting snow resulted in 23 crashes Wednesday and 18 on Friday. Between those two days, a truck crashed into a house on the Dundee-Himrod Road, and another collided with a tractor-trailer in Starkey Thursday.


At about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, a 10-year-old girl walking along Route 54 near Ridge Road was struck by a car. Within minutes, Yates County Sheriff Ron Spike issued a travelers advisory, warning motorists to use caution when traveling around the county, but 16 of the day’s crashes happened after the advisory was issued. In some instances, deputies reported multiple vehicles off the road simultaneously.

Yates County Deputies report that Kristen Baker, 20, of 6413 Mossy Bank, Bath, was driving east on State Rte. 54 when she left her lane of travel to maneuver around two pedestrians walking near Ridge Road. In the high winds, drifting snow and slush, her vehicle was pulled back into the lane, where it struck 10-year-old Rachel Martin, of 1518 Rte. 54, Penn Yan, who was walking on the fog line. She was taken to Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital in Penn Yan for treatment of back pain. She was later transferred to Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, where she was initially listed in satisfactory condition. She has since been discharged. No tickets were issued.

At about 7:15 p.m. a vehicle driven on State Rte. 14A in Barrington by Catherine M. Arcangeli, 66, of 5156 Lakemont Himrod Road, Lakemont, left the road and went into a ditch and struck a road sign. She and her passenger, Ashley Arcangeli, 25, of 1485 Italy Valley Road, Middlesex, were checked over by Penn Yan Ambulance personnel. She was issued a ticket for failure to reduce speed under special hazards.


At about 6 a.m. March 15, Dundee emergency responders were called to a roll-over crash on Dundee-Himrod Road. A pick-up truck driven by Sean J. Hanes, 24, of 4917 Hillcrest Drive, Dundee had crashed into the home of a family of six near a curve on the road, which was icy. Yates County Deputies report Hanes, who was briefly trapped in the truck, but was uninjured, will appear in Starkey Town Court for tickets for failure to keep right and speed not reasonable or prudent for a special hazard.

Just before noon Thursday, Dundee rescuers were called to an accident that does not appear to be weather related. New York State Police report no one was injured when a pick up truck driven by Robert D. Andrews, 81, of Dundee collided with a tractor trailer driven by Curtis R. Williamson, 71, of Cicero near the intersection of Apple Road and State Rte. 14 in the town of Starkey, near Lakemont. No other details about that crash were available.


On Friday, Yates County officers responded to 18 accidents between 6 a.m. and 2 p.m. One of those accidents involved a county highway snowplow on County House Road, and another involved a Yates County Deputy’s patrol vehicle. The deputy was in the pick-up truck which was struck from behind by an oncoming vehicle.

At about 9 a.m. Deputies and Penn Yan Fire Department, ambulance and Medic 55 responded to the crash between a car driven by Tally J. McDonald, 23, Rte. 89, Romulus and a Yates County Highway Snowplow. Deputies report McDonald was traveling south on Sutton Road and failed to stop at the intersection with County House Road. McDonald sustained minor injuries and the snowplow driver was uninjured. McDonald will appear in Jerusalem Court for a failure to stop for a stop sign ticket.

At 11:34, one of the deputies who investigated that accident was on the scene of a vehicle in the ditch on State Route 14A near Rasmussen Road in the Town of Benton. His patrol vehicle was struck from behind by a vehicle driven by Brian R. Petersen, 37, 3074 Swarthout Road, Penn Yan. Petersen was driving north on Rte. 14A and lost control of his vehicle, striking the rear of the patrol pick- up, causing major damage to both vehicles. Both men were taken to Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital for treatment, and Petersen was issued tickets for speed not reasonable for the conditions, failure to yield/move over for emergency vehicle and an unsafe tire. He will appear in Benton Court.

Other incidents reported by the Yates County Sheriff’s Department on Friday included a one-vehicle roll-over on State Rte. 364 in Middlesex at about 4:20 p.m. Stephen M. Vail, 59, of 140 Bastian Rd., Rochester, was traveling north on Rte. 364 when his vehicle exited the road and overturned in the ditch. He was uninjured.

Most of the crashes both days happened on State Route 14A. On Wednesday, nine crashes happened on Route 14A in Benton, and six happened on other roads in Benton — Lovejoy, Pre-Emption, and Alexander. Four of Wednesday’s accidents happened on Route 14A in Milo, and another happened on Milo Center Road. Other crashes were reported on East Bluff Drive, and Sutton Road in Jerusalem, Italy Hill Road in Italy, Route 54 in Torrey, and in Penn Yan.

While most of the accidents Friday happened on Route 14A again, there were also calls to Voak Road in Potter, County House Road, Jerusalem, Hoyt Road, Milo, Route 364, Middlesex, Dundee-Himrod Road in Starkey, Havens Corners Road, Benton, Pierce Road, Middlesex, and Ridge Road, Torrey.