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17 June 2019
ATV crash in Moriah leaves one woman injured
NEW YORK STATE POLICE
Major Darrin S. Pitkin
Troop B Commander
On June 14, 2019, at approximately 7:52 p.m., State Police responded to a report of an ATV crash on Bartlett Pond Road in the town of Moriah.
An investigation revealed that a 1996 Yamaha Timber Wolf, operated by William F. Smith, 44, with passenger, Billie Jo A. Fleming, 41, both of Witherbee, was travelling east on Bartlett Pond Road and had struck a 2013 Suzuki King Quad, operated by Francis J. Gagnon, 58, also of Witherbee, while Gagnon was parked.
Smith and Fleming were ejected from their four wheeler and landed on the ground. Fleming was flown to the University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington, Vermont where she is in critical but stable condition.
Smith was taken into custody for DWI. He declined a medical evaluation. Smith was charged with DWI, Vehicular Assault 2nd degree, Reckless Endangerment 1st degree, as well as several vehicle and traffic law citations. He was arraigned in the Town of Moriah Court where he was remanded to the Essex County Jail in lieu of $15,000 cash bail, or $30,000 bond. This case remains under investigation.
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