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13 February 2013
State Police Investigate 3 Car Crash in Oneida County



(Lee, NY - February 13, 2013) - State Police in Lee Center are investigating a three car personal injury accident which occurred on today's date at approximately 4:20 pm at the intersection of State Route 26 and Stokes Westernville Rd in the Town of Lee, Oneida County.

Initial investigation has revealed that a 2009 Jeep Liberty, operated by 80 year-old, James Christodolou of Rome, NY was eastbound on Stokes Westernville Rd approaching the intersection of State Route 26 when he failed to stop at the stop sign at this intersection,  striking a 2007 Nissan Altima, driven by 38 year-old, Josi Williams from Ava, NY.

The force of the impact forced Williams's vehicle into the northbound lane of State Route 26 where it struck a 2000 Lexus RX3, operated by 63 year-old, Barbara Townsend from Rome, NY.

A passenger in William's vehicle, her nine year-old son, Ryan Williams sustained serious head injuries and is currently in surgery at Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse, NY.  He was seated in the front passenger seat of the vehicle at the time of the accident.

The driver's of all three vehicles were transported to area hospitals with non-life threatening injuries.  NYSP Troop D Accident Reconstruction Unit is on scene and are reconstructing this accident.  State Police were assisted at the scene by the Lee Center and Town of Lee Fire Departments.




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