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Wrong-way accident on 490

Rochester, N.Y. The second wrong-way accident in the last month has taken another Rochester residents life. Around 1:30 a.m. Saturday, officers responded to a car accident on I-490 west at the Chili Center exit in the Town of Gates.

According to investigators, a car, driven by Thomas Rome, 37, of Kirkwood, NY was headed eastbound in the westbound lanes of 490, and struck another car head-on.

The driver of the other vehicle, Tatiana Tchekina, 69, of Rochester, died at the scene. Her passenger and husband, Oleg Krysa, 71, also of Rochester, was taken to Strong Memorial Hospital with minor injuries.

Rome was unconscious at the scene and was transported to Strong Memorial Hospital with a possible broken leg and severe injury to his left arm, investigators said.

After the accident, a pickup truck traveling behind Tchekina clipped the back drivers side of the vehicle.

Two other vehicles ran over debris and damaged their vehicles. No other injuries were reported.

Officers suspect alcohol to be a factor. The crash is under investigation, and charges are pending.

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