Major Jennifer Gottstine
Troop T Commander
Farmington, NY – On August 18, 2020, at approximately 1:20 a.m., State Police received a report of a wrong way driver traveling westbound in the eastbound lane on I-90, from the Clifton Springs service area, in the town of Farmington, Ontario County.
While Troopers were attempting to locate the vehicle, a head on crash was discovered at mile marker 346 eastbound, at 1:28 a.m.
A preliminary investigation determined a 2008 Honda Pilot, operated by Charles Bargerstock, 81, of Stow, OH, was traveling westbound in the eastbound lane and struck a 2015 Honda Accord, operated by Himel A. Joy, 24, of Astoria, NY, head on.
Both drivers and a rear seat passenger of the Honda Accord, Mojammal H. Rasel, 30, of Astoria, NY, were pronounced deceased at the scene by the Ontario County Coroner and were removed to the Monroe County Medical Examiner’s Office pending autopsies.
The front seat passenger of the Accord, Moshin Ahmed, 23, of Astoria, NY, was transported by Mercy Flight to Strong Memorial Hospital with serious injuries and is currently listed in guarded condition. Another rear seat passenger, Kenedy Apel, 18, of Astoria, NY, was transported by ambulance to Strong Memorial Hospital with a head injury and is listed in satisfactory condition.
Further investigation revealed that Bargerstock, who was traveling alone, was a missing endangered person from Stow Police Department in Ohio. It was reported that he left his residence in Ohio for an appointment at 9:30 a.m. A BOLO (be on the lookout) was entered at approximately 1:30 p.m. to attempt to locate him after it was discovered he never showed up for the appointment.
Both eastbound lanes were closed for several hours while the accident was reconstructed by the New York State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit (CRU). All eastbound traffic was diverted off at the Canandaigua Exit until approximately 6:15 a.m. The crash remains under investigation at this time.