ROME, N.Y. – Oneida County Sheriff Robert Maciol says distracted driving caused an accident that injured two people in Rome Thursday night.
Around 9 p.m., deputies responded to a crash at the intersection of Route 365 and Route 26.
Maciol says 20-year-old Carlos Colon, of Rome, was allegedly looking at his cell phone when he failed to stop for a stop sign, colliding with a car driven by 59-year-old Barbara Cieslewitz of Whitesboro.
Cieslewitz was taken to St. Elizabeth Medical Center to be evaluated for chest, throat and leg pain.
Colon did not receive medical attention at the scene, but did go to Rome Memorial Hospital later after experiencing head, neck and back pain.
Colon was issued citations and will appear in Rome City Court at a later date.