Victims Identified in Geneseo Double-fatal Crash

Written by on October 26, 2020

News Release

GENESEO-Sheriff Thomas J. Dougherty advises of a double fatal motor vehicle crash that occurred Sunday afternoon.

On Sunday October 25, 2020 at approximately 3:07 pm, Sheriff’s Deputies and emergency personnel responded to the intersection of Triphammer Road and Pole Bridge Road in the Town of Geneseo for a two (2) vehicle motor vehicle crash with reported serious injury.

The preliminary investigation revealed that a passenger vehicle being operated by Mary J. Beardsley, age 85 from Dansville NY, had been travelling southbound on Pole Bridge Road along with her husband 84 year old Willard A. Beardsley. Mary Beardsley came to a stop at the intersection of Triphammer Road before entering into the intersection to continue going south and pulled into the path of an oncoming farm truck.

Responding emergency personnel had to extricate Mary and Willard Beardsley from the vehicle. Willard was pronounced deceased at the scene. Mary Beardsley was transported to Strong Memorial Hospital where she was pronounced deceased.

The driver of the farm truck was identified as David. G. Vandeweert, age 56 from Geneseo NY. Vandeweert was transported to Strong Memorial Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

Investigating for the Sheriff’s Office were members ofthe Command Staff, Patrol Division, Criminal Investigations Division, Forensic Identification Unit (FIU), Communications Bureau, Commercial Vehicle Unit (CVU), Drone Unit, and Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) Unit, all under the Incident Command of Sergeant Matthew Orman of the Patrol Division. Responding emergency personnel included members from the Geneseo Fire Department, Geneseo Ambulance, Livingston County EMS, Lima Fire Department, East Avon and Avon Fire Departments.

The crash remains under investigation by our Office with the preliminary findings being non-criminal in nature and instead a horrible accident


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