Passenger From Westmoreland Crash Died From Injuries
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teenagers in the United States, according to the CDC. In 2017 alone, 2,364 teens aged 16-19 were killed in motor vehicle crashes. Another 300,000 were treated for car crash injuries in emergency rooms. Teenage male drivers are more at risk for death in car crashes than females, with the death rate for male drivers in 2017 being more than two times the rate for female drivers. Another factor that increases the likelihood of a crash was the presence of teen passengers. With more passengers, the risk increased.
CNY Homepage reports that a second victim in a fatal Westmoreland crash had died from his injuries.
The crash occurred Friday afternoon in Westmoreland at the intersection of Dix Road and Bartlett Road.
According to state police, 42-year-old Hector Rodriguez was driving a pickup truck along Bartlett Road and then stopped at the stop sign at Dix Road. As he proceeded into the intersection, his truck was struck by a car being driven by 17-year-old Lincoln Armstrong.
Armstrong had been driving southbound on Dix Road at a high rate of speed. 19-year-old Noah Lekki was a passenger in Armstrong’s vehicle.
Lekki was taken to Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse by medical helicopter in critical condition. He succumbed to his injuries on Friday night.
Rodriguez died at the scene of the accident.
Armstrong suffered from major injuries and was in serious condition at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Utica.
The State Police state that speed and other factors contributed to the crash. The investigation is still ongoing.