The Journal Register (Medina, NY)

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September 4, 2013

Three crashes send five to ER

Medina Journal-Register — A noon-hour Labor Day crash sent four young people from Medina to the hospital. 

The incident occurred shortly after 12 p.m. in the 2500 block of Angling Road in the Town of Ridgeway. A 2005 Chevrolet Cavalier was travelling north on an un-paved section of Angling Road when the driver lost control of the car. It crossed the roadway, ran off the west side and struck a utility pole, according to a report from the Orleans County Sheriff’s Department.

The driver of the vehicle was identified as Austin A. Heideman, 16. The front seat passenger was identified as Michael D. Moore, 17, whose father owns the car. The rear seat passengers were identified as Julie M. Luczak, 17, and Summer Wisniewski, 15.

Moore and Luczak were flown to Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo by MercyFlight helicopter. Wisniewski was transported to ECMC by ground ambulance. Heideman was transported by ground ambulance to Medina Memorial Hospital. None of the injuries were believed to be life-threatening.

Initially Sheriff’s deputies were lead to believe that Moore was the driver of the car. However, after investigation it was determined that Heideman was behind the wheel at the time of the crash. He is facing numerous traffic charges, including unlicensed operation, reckless driving, and unsafe speed. He is set to appear in Ridgeway Town Court at a later date.

On Tuesday, a one-vehicle crash involving a motorcycle sent a Holley man to the hospital.

The incident occurred shortly after 9:30 a.m. in the 4600 block of Holley-Byron Road (State Route 237) in the Town of Clarendon.

James A. Cox, 61, was operating 1996 Harley Davidson and failed to negotiate a curve. Deputies said Cox ran off the east side of the roadway and laid the bike down in an open field. He was transported by Clarendon FD Ambulance to Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester with non-life threatening injuries.

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