The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that on August 28, 2018 at approximately 8:12PM Deputies responded to 1072 State Route 96 in the Town of Waterloo for the report of a two car PIMVA . Deputies state that Karen A. Lavoski, 44 of 214 Spring Run, Clifton Springs New York was operating northbound on State Route 96 when her SUV was rear-ended by Nathan M. Stenberg, 18 of 2089 Mills Road Waterloo . Both vehicles then crossed the southbound lane after the collision and struck a drainage ditch before coming to rest in the yard of 1072 State Route 96,( The Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses Church) , causing damage to the lawn . The car operated by Stenberg caught fire as a result of the accident. Deputies arrived and were assisted by Waterloo Police Department in trying to extinguish the fire. The Waterloo Fire Department also arrived and quickly extinguished the fire. North Seneca Ambulance also responded as both operators reported complaints of pain , but were checked at the scene and refused medical treatment.
Both vehicles involved had to be towed from the scene due to damages , the Stenberg vehicle also sustained heavy damage as a result of the fire.
Deputies investigating the accident report the vehicle Stenberg was driving was also involved in a property damage accident in the Village of Waterloo minutes before the accident on State Route 96, and report Waterloo PD is investigating that accident.
Deputies charged Stenberg with Driving While Intoxicated, Driving While Ability Impaired by the combined influence of drugs and alcohol, and Reckless Driving. Deputies issued him tickets , and he is to appear in the Town of Waterloo court on October 12, 2018 at 3PM to answer the charges.