NEW YORK STATE POLICE
Major Eric L. Laughton
On Saturday July 4th, New York State Police were dispatched by Steuben County 911 to State Route 36 in the Town of Hornellsville, for the report of a car leaving the scene of an accident. A witness to the accident told police that a gold 4 door sedan exited the roadway at a high rate of speed, entered the median and then struck a road sign and the guardrail. The witness told police the driver of the sedan was actually stuck on the guardrail. The driver rocked the vehicle back and forth until it came off the guardrail and took off at a high rate of speed. Another witness at the scene also gave police a similar account of what happened. Police were able to locate the vehicle as the witnesses called 911 with the plate information. The registered owner of the vehicle, Richard Mincer, age 31 of Hornell, was located at his home and he told police that he had been on State Route 36. Mincer stated he had been run off the road by another vehicle and got into the accident. Mincer did not realize he had damaged a sign and guardrail. Police observed the vehicle had sustained heavy damage to the front end and roof. Mincer was issued traffic tickets and an accident report was completed.