Utica woman witnessed to be going 90-plus mph on Route 5 in Vernon before crashing

Utica woman injured after losing control of her car while traveling at a high rate of speed in Vernon.

Posted: Sep 19, 2021 11:51 PM
Updated: Sep 20, 2021 10:59 AM

Vernon, N.Y. - A Utica woman is recovering after Sheriff's officials say she lost control of her car at a high rate of speed, hit an embankment, then went airborne for about 100 feet.

It happened just after noon on Sunday on Route 5 in Vernon.

Our crews arrived within an hour, and the scene had already been cleared up.

Sheriff's officials say the car overturned once, ending upright.

Sheriff's officials say 26-year-old Deondra Skermont of Utica suffered head injuries and was taken to St. Elizabeth Medical Center.

Witnesses say before the crash, Skermont was seen driving at an estimated 90-plus miles per hour along Route-5, nearly striking several vehicles just about a half mile before she crashed.

Skermont was issued citations for speed not reasonable and prudent, failure to keep right, reckless operation, and no seat belt.

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