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Toddler among killed in car crash

Rochester, N.Y. A toddler was killed in a head-on collision on Dewey Avenue at Albemarle Street just after 10 p.m. Friday.

According to police, the two-year-old boy was riding in the car with his mother, when their vehicle was struck by a car trying to evade police. The driver of that other car, a 35-year-old Rochester woman, also died in the crash.

It was pretty bad; I haven't seen anything like that before, said John Elbano, who lives on Albemarle Street, who pulled the young boy from the wreckage after the crash.

The child was slumped over in his car seat and I just proceeded to get him out of his car seat, Elbano said. It took me a minute to get him out of the seat because he was strapped in but it was just such a horrific crash.

Elbano said the boy was unresponsive. According to police, the two-year-old died at Strong Memorial Hospital about 45 minutes later. His mother suffered minor injuries.

Police said, the two people in the other car, a Toyota Camry, were fleeing from an officer of the Greece Police Department.

This actually was not a pursuit. The officer was attempting to make a traffic stop, said Captain Brian Uhrmacher of Greece.

Security at the Wal-Mart store on Dewey Avenue in Greece notified police of a couple of shoplifters who stole a shopping cart full of items from the store. When a police officer spotted a vehicle matching the suspected vehicle at the intersection of Dewey and W. Ridge Road, the officer flipped on the lights and the Camry took off.

Headed South down Dewey Avenue, the officer decided not to pursue the car. Due to the weather conditions and the severity of the reported crime, Uhracher said, the officer took down the vehicles license plate and fell back.

This officer that was involved weighed those factors of whether to even initiate and he opted not to and I think that was a good decision on his part, Uhracher said.

Less than a mile from where the officer tried to stop the vehicle, the Camry crossed into the northbound lane on Dewey Avenue and smashed into the Saturn head-on.

They pulled off on the chase and they kept going fast, they just weren't going to stop, said Elbano said.

The 35-year-old female driver died at the scene. The male passenger in the car was taken to Strong Hospital.

Names of the victims have not been released.

The Rochester Police Department is investigating the crash while Greece police looks into the reported larceny.


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