Tree Crash Ends With Passenger Death
When thinking of a fatal motor vehicle accident, one might think that most fatal accidents are caused by head-on or T-bone crashes. Unfortunately, the majority of fatal vehicle crashes often only involve one vehicle. More than 8,000 people die in single-vehicle rollover crashes each year. Run-off-road single-vehicle crashes account for more than 70% of all fatal single-vehicle crashes according to the NHTSA. The biggest factors in these crashes are speed, drunken driving, and drowsy driving. Age seems to be a factor, as well. Younger drivers aged 15 to 24 and older drivers aged 65-plus have higher percentages of run-off-road crashes than other age groups.
The Ithaca Voice reports on a passenger being killed after the vehicle they were riding in ran off-road, striking a tree. The crash occurred at about 3:39 a.m. on Wednesday, on Livermore Road in Dryden. A Kia Soul was traveling north on Livermore Road when it traveled off the east shoulder and struck a tree. Both the driver and the passenger were taken to Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse.
The driver appeared to have suffered only minor injuries. The passenger, identified as 26-year-old Glennys Alandra Cordero, of Bronx, was pronounced dead at the hospital.
As of 7:30 a.m., the section of Livermore Road where the accident occurred was still closed for the accident investigation. The county sheriff’s office, the New York State Accident Reconstruction Team, Tompkins Cortland Community College Public Safety, the Dryden Fire Department, Dryden Ambulance, and the Town of Dryden Highway Department all assisted at the scene.