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Press Release - Fatal MVA



   The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that on March 6th 2014 at 7:25 am  Deputies investigated a fatal motor vehicle accident on State Route 96 in the Town of Covert. A north bound vehicle being operated by Bernice E. Hammonds age 49 of 210 Florida Ave, Dundee Florida veered off the east side of the road striking a ditch , then becoming airborne and rolling over.  Hammonds and her passengers were all injured. Front seat passenger Marshall D. Watson age 55 of 216 Collingwood Drive Rochester and Hammonds were treated at the scene  by Trumansburg Fire/E.M.S and BANGS ambulance then transported to Robert Packer Hospital , by Bangs Ambulance.  Marshall Watson complained of neck pain and Hammonds complained of chest pain.  Rear seat passenger  James M. Parker age 53 of 7202 Main Street Ovid was flown by Guthrie Air Ambulance  to Robert Packer  Hospital to be treated for internal injuries .  The other rear seat passenger:  Willy C Johnson age 67 of 709 Blue Cut Rd Newark NY  was pronounced dead at the scene , by Seneca County Coroner Paul McPhearson.   Deputies  report that the accident was caused when  Hammonds apparently fell asleep and drifted off the road.    Sheriff’s Deputies were on the scene for about 3 hours while the accident was being reconstructed.  Deputies were assisted at the scene by T-burg Fire Dept. The 2002 Dodge stratus sustained heavy damage and was towed from the scene.




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