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Car crash leaves one injured

by Brianna Bush - Executive Editor
Tue, Sep 10th 2019 11:00 pm

On Sunday, Sept. 1 at approximately 2:50 p.m. The College at Brockport University Police were called to a two car collision on Residence Drive, in front of Dobson and Benedict Halls. 

According to Chief of University Police Daniel Vasile, vehicle one was occupied by two people, and vehicle two, a campus ZipCar, was occupied by four. Both cars were traveling eastbound at the time of the accident. 

“Vehicle [one] was attempting to turn left into the “U” shaped lot near Benedict and Dobson Hall when vehicle [two] was unable to stop and attempted to go around vehicle [one] in the westbound lane, striking vehicle [one] before driving over the sidewalk and striking a fixed light pole,” Vasile wrote. 

After hitting the light pole, vehicle two’s air bags deployed, injuring an individual. The individual was transported by ambulance to Strong West Hospital after complaining about head pain. 

According to Vasile, after a thorough investigation, “the operator of vehicle [two] was issued a citation for following too closely.” 

Both of the vehicles were deemed inoperable due to the damage caused by the crash and were towed from the scene. 

Bystander and student Tom Byer was walking with his family at the time of the crash and was responsible for calling the police. 

“From where I was standing, it looked like the Hyundai [vehicle one] got clipped — I don’t know what the Honda [vehicle two] was doing and then the Honda drove straight into the pole,” Byer said. “I wasn’t sure if the Honda was trying to pass or something, but I saw it drive straight into the pole.” 

Byer and the few bystanders that were within close proximity of the crash explained that there was an initial crash of the two vehicles, followed by the secondary crash of vehicle two hitting the pole. Byer and his family noted the unusual circumstances of the crash.

They recalled that instead of stopping after the initial crash, vehicle two accelerated and hit the pole. Byer speculated the acceleration was the result of the airbag going off.

“I don’t know exactly what happened, I just saw the crash,” Byer explained. “I can’t give you the accurate information, just what I saw happen.”

As the department responsible for the rental and control of ZipCars, Parking and Transportation Services was able to share information regarding what will happen in the future.

“Accidents do happen,” Director of Parking and Transportation Johnna Frosini said after hearing about the accident.

Forsini explained that all four of the ZipCars on campus are insured and the vehicle involved in the accident will most likely be replaced soon. She also discussed that the campus is looking to purchase more ZipCars in the future. 

According to support.zipcar.com, there is a waiver that a driver can purchase that can reduce or eliminate the damage fee. To purchase the waiver, a driver must be at least 18-years-old and ZipCar accident free for 12 months.

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