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A serious accident occurred this morning around 6:30 on the New York State Thruway. Multiple vehicles were reported involved in the accident that occurred in the eastbound lane of the highway. Multiple ambulance crews were called to the accident at mile post 379, which is just west of LeRoy's exit 47. Eight persons were reportedly taken to Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester.

A Town of Batavia woman was injured yesterday afternoon in a tractor-trailer vs. car crash on West Main Street Road just west of Batavia. Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputies tell WBTA News that a car driven by 50-year-old Dawn Newton of the Sheppard Road was waiting to turn left, when she was rear-ended by the tractor-trailer driven by 58-year-old Janice Kelly of Savannah, New York. Newton was taken to UMMC for treatment after complaining of pain. Her injuries were termed minor. Newton’s car, owned by Attica Auto Supply, was totaled according to reports from the scene.
Kelly, the driver of the truck, was ticketed for Following Too Closely. Her truck is owned by Bolus Freight Systems of Scranton, Pennsylvania.

Two other personal injury accidents occurred Friday in the area:

One person was injured in a rear-end collision on Route 33 near the Wortendyke Road in the Town of Batavia. 49-year-old Lisa Bailey of Pearl Street Road in Batavia was taken to UMMC for treatment of minor injuries. The driver of the other car, 23-year-old Jonathan Hoca of Woodrow Road in Batavia, was not injured, but was ticketed for Following Too Closely. A passenger in Hoca’s car, 29-year-old Jamie Pask, also was not injured. Sheriff’s Deputies say Bailey was westbound on Route 33 and was stopped waiting to turn left into a driveway, when her car was struck from behind by Hoca’s car. The accident happened at about 4:00pm Friday afternoon.

A one-car accident sent a driver and her passenger to Medina Memorial Hospital yesterday. It happened at about 3:30pm on the Lewiston Road in the Town of Alabama. The driver of the car, 19-year-old Christina King of Chestnut Road in Gasport, told Sheriff’s Deputies that she attempted to reach for something that had fallen inside her vehicle. She then lost control, hit an earth embankment and rolled over twice before coming to rest. King was cited for two traffic violations.

An arrest has been made in connection with a fatal accident in the Orleans County Town of Gaines. 18-year-old Mitchell Kirby of Albion has been charged with Vehicular Manslaughter and Operating a Motor Vehicle While Impaired by Drugs. Kirby was arrested following an investigation into the May 20th crash that killed 65-year-old Victor Wilston of Albion. Wilston was pulling out of a private driveway on to Zig Zag Road when his vehicle was struck by a pick-up truck driven by Kirby. At the time of the accident, investigators say excessive speed on Kirby’s part was a factor in the crash.

A former resident of Batavia has been shot and killed in downtown Buffalo. 35 year old Joseph Hale of Buffalo, formally of Batavia was shot in the back Friday morning near St. Paul Mall and Ellicott Street. Hale was last seen in the Allentown section of the city earlier in the morning and prior to the shooting. Buffalo police are now investigating what is the city's 21st homicide of 2011.

25 children from Genesee County will be attending the New York State Sheriff’s Association Institute’s 2011 Summer Camp. Sheriff Gary Maha made the announcement yesterday. The Sheriff’s Summer Camp is designed to provide a solid recreational program combined with the development of a sense of good citizenship. The camp is located near Penn Yan, New York.

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