Welfare check yields DWI charge

WETHERSFIELD — Two people were seriously injured and criminal charges are pending after a two-vehicle accident Wednesday morning at Hermitage and Wethersfield roads, Wyoming County sheriff’s deputies said.

James T. Palmateer, 24, of Holland, Erie County was driving a 1994 Chevrolet Camaro eastbound on Wethersfield Road at a high rate of speed, deputies said. He allegedly failed to stop at the intersection and collided with a northbound pickup truck.

The pickup became airborne, overturned, and landed on an uninvolved vehicle parked in a nearby driveway at the intersection, deputies said. The Camaro spun multiple times before coming to rest in the same driveway.

Palmateer and the other driver were each taken by Mercy Flight to Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester. Their injuries were described as serious, but not were not believed to be life-threatening.

Deputies said Palmateer’s speeding and reckless driving were factors in the collision.

An investigation by the Sheriff’s Office Crash Management Team is continuing.

The pickup truck driver was not identified.

Warsaw and Gainesville firefighters, Wyoming County Emergency Services and Highway Department personnel, Monroe Ambulance and Ott’s Collision Service assisted at the scene.

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