Sunday, December 21, 2014

Two injured after accident at New Hartford intersection
By NEWSChannel 2 Staff

NEW HARTFORD, N.Y. (WKTV) - Two people were injured following a two-car crash at the intersection of Clinton Road and Marley Place in New Hartford around 2:35 p.m. on Tuesday.

According to New Hartford Police, an SUV driven by Arienne N. Thomas, 27 of Ilion was attempting to enter Clinton Road from Alvin Place.

Thomas told police that she was driving eastbound on Alvin Place, stopped at a stop sign at the intersection with Clinton Road and proceeded onto Clinton Road when she did not see any cars approaching the intersection.

Police say that's when Thomas drove into the intersection and into the path of a Northbound sedan being driven by Magbule Shala-Emini, 35 of Utica.

The two cars collided and the force of the collision forced Shala-Emini's sedan off of the roadway, striking two road signs before coming to rest back on Clinton Road.

Police said both vehicles sustained extensive damage.

New Hartford Firefighters responded to the scene had to use hydraulic cutting tools to free Shala-Emini from her car. After being extricated from the car, she was transported to St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Utica by Edwards Ambulance Service for treatment of head and neck pain and for abrasions to her face and hands.

According to police, Thomas received contusions to the chest and was transported to St. Luke's Hospital. Three passengers in Thomas’ car (Patrick McGowan, 31 of Oriskany, a four year-old girl and seven year-old boy) were also transported to St. Luke's Hospital by Edwards Ambulance Service for evaluation, but were determined to be uninjured.

Authorities had to close down Clinton Road for roughly 30 minutes while Shala-Emini was being extricated from the car and while the wreckage was being cleared from the roadway.

New Hartford Police said Thomas was charged with failing to yield the right-of-way at a stop sign and is scheduled to answer that charge in New Hartford Town Court at a later date.