The Journal Register (Medina, NY)

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December 27, 2013

Crash claims a life in Shelby

Medina Journal-Register — SHELBY — A man is dead and his female passenger hospitalized following a one-vehicle crash in the Town of Shelby Thursday morning.

According to a report issued by the Orleans County Sheriff’s Department, the incident occurred about 11:35 a.m. It took place on South Gravel Road between Oak Orchard Ridge Road and the Genesee-Orleans County Line in the Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge.

The report said a 1998 Pontiac sedan, driven by David M. Russo, 43, of Stafford, was traveling south on Route 63 when the driver apparently lost control. The vehicle crossed the center line, ran off the east side of the roadway, and overturned before coming to rest upside down in flooded swampland.

A Shelby Fire Department pumper was utilized to drag the vehicle out of the water and back onto the roadway, the report said. Both subjects were extricated by firefighters and transported by ground ambulances to Medina Memorial Hospital. Russo was pronounced dead at 12:31 p.m. Thursday. The passenger, Lisa A. Stanley, 40, of LeRoy was treated at MMH and then transferred to Highland Hospital in Rochester, according to the report.

State troopers stationed at both Albion and Batavia also assisted at the scene.

The Orleans County Sheriff’s Office is continuing to investigate the incident but has reported that it is apparent that weather and slippery road conditions were contributing factors.

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