Press Connects reports that a crash on Route 17 in Waverly killed a 7-year-old boy and his 11-year-old sister. The crash occurred at about 6:43 p.m. on October 20th. A 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage hatchback was being driven by 38-year-old Darlene L. Allen. The vehicle was about 2.5 miles east of exit 61. She was traveling east with three child passengers when she struck a deer.
As the vehicle slowed following the collision with the deer, a tractor-trailer that was also traveling east was unable to stop. The driver, 66-year-old Volodymyr Frolyak, rear-ended the Mitsubishi.
7-year-old Zachary D. Allen died shortly after the collision. 11-year-old Trinity G. Allen was transported to Robert Packer Hospital, then airlifted to Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse. A medical examination confirmed that the 11-year-old girl was “not there anymore” and her family intended to donate her organs once she passed. Darlene Allen was in critical condition at Robert Packer Hospital. Officials said that all of the vehicle occupants were wearing appropriate restraints.
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, in 2017, a total of 4,102 people were killed in crashes involving large trucks. 68% of those killed were occupants of smaller vehicles. 14% were pedestrians, bicyclists, or motorcyclists. Only about 17% were occupants of the large truck. The number of deaths in large truck accidents was 30% higher in 2017 than it was in 2009, which posted the highest number of fatalities since 1975, when record keeping of fatal truck accidents began. Of crashes involving two vehicles, one a passenger vehicle and the other a truck, 97% of vehicle occupants who died were in the passenger vehicle.