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Family and friends of Wheatland crash victims react to violent accident

Wheatland, N.Y.-- A small shrine of flowers sits at the intersection where a deadly accident happened on North Road and Rt. 36 in Wheatland Tuesday.

Taylor Binnert, 21, and Christopher Peterson, 20, were killed when the 1995 Jeep Wrangler Binnert was driving was hit by a tractor trailer.
Monroe County Sheriff’s deputies said that Binnert appeared to roll through the stop sign.

Investigators said the tractor-trailer driver didn’t have time to stop.

The passengers in the back seat were rushed to Strong Memorial Hospital. Emily Peterson, 18, Michela Murphy, 18, and Joanne Krutchen, 20, are all in the hospital Wednesday. All five young adults and teens are from Caledonia and graduated from Caledonia-Mumford High School.
 
The father of one of the victims who survived the crash came to see where the tragedy happened. He told us he wanted to look for his daughter’s purse and cell phone.

Michael Murphy said his daughter Michaela was one of the lucky ones. He asked for prayers for the families.

The owner at Daffies Pizza Shop in Caledonia put up a sign that says: “Thoughts and prayers are with you.” One of the survivors, Emily Peterson worked there.

All five teens were on their way home from Batavia where they worked as Teachers Aides at a BOCES Program for children with special needs.

The director called them dedicated and said it was tough to explain this tragedy to the children.

Friends and family will attend a vigil Wednesday night in Caledonia
 
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