The Journal Register (Medina, NY)

October 14, 2013

Accidents keep rescue crews busy

Medina Journal-Register

Medina Journal-Register — Emergency crews responded to a pair of car accidents Saturday afternoon.

Shortly before 4 p.m., two motorists escaped injury when their vehicles collided and then one of them struck a house. The accident occurred in the 17000 block of Ridge Road (State Route 104) in the Town of Murray.

Ashlee Rae Putnam, 20, of Brockport, was operating a 2000 Chrysler sedan west on Ridge Road when her vehicle drifted into the eastbound lane and collided with a 1998 Buick sedan operated by Joanne T. Meyers, 75, of Holley, according to police reports. After the two cars collided, Meyers’ vehicle ran off the south side of the roadway, travelled across a residential lawn and struck the attached garage of a house at 17054 Ridge Road. Both drivers, who were each alone in their vehicles, refused medical treatment at the scene.

Putnam indicated that a problem with the steering mechanism caused her to lose control.  

In a separate motor vehicle incident, an Albion man was taken to the hospital with a partially severed ear.

The incident occurred at approximately 4:40 p.m. at Lake Alice MotorSports located at 1766 Waterport Road (State Route 279) in the Town of Carlton. Eric C. List, 49, of Bergen (Genesee County), was operating a 1995 Jeep and was competing in the Lake Alice Mud Bogging Event. (Mud Bogging is a form of off-road motorsport in which the goal is to operate a four-wheel drive vehicle through a mud pit which may be flat or hilly.)

Joel Barczak-Garcia, 23, of Albion, was a rear-seat passenger in the Jeep. At some point, the vehicle travelled over a mud jump and down an embankment. Barczak-Garcia was not wearing a seat belt and as a result his head struck a metal protrusion inside the vehicle resulting in the injury. He was transported to Medina Memorial Hospital by Central Orleans Volunteer Ambulance. Two other passengers in the Jeep, Michelle Gallo, 39, and Jennifer Haines, 26, were not injured, nor was List.