Sheriff’s Deputy and Elderly Man Both Die in Upstate New York Crash

by emallernee | June 17th, 2011

June 17, 2011

Hundreds attended the funeral held Thursday for a 26-year-old upstate New York Sheriff’s Deputy who died last Sunday during a collision with a 77-year-old man on Route 427 in Ashland, New York.

A member of the Chemung County Sheriff’s Office since 2006, the officer was on-duty when the crash occurred near the Pennsylvania border.

The officer and the other driver hit one another head-on after the officer’s 2008 Ford Crown Victoria apparently swerved out of its lane and into a 2000 Chevrolet Malibu. The elderly man, who was an Ashland resident, died at the scene of the accident; the officer died shortly after at Arnot Ogden Medical Center.

Sheriff Christopher Moss told reporters that he doesn’t believe that either driver was speeding.

In the wake of the fatal crash, several area lawmakers are asking that the speed limit on Route 427 be lowered from 55 miles per hour to 40 miles per hour, according to WETM.

Plans for the elderly man’s funeral have not been released.

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