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2018-02-13 / Police

Two-Car MV Accident Results in a Fatality on Route 10 in Stamford

By Rosie Cunningham

STAMFORD - A two-car motor vehicle accident resulted in one death and one serious personal injury Wednesday at about 3:30 p.m.

According to a media release from the New York State Police, Jefferson resident Leonard J. Williams, 50, was killed after an collision between a 2015 Chevrolet and Williams’ 1990 Toyota. At around 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Summit resident Debra Galasso, 47, was driving north on state Route 10 when her car drifted into the southbound lane and hit Williams’ car head on. Police said the car crossed lanes for “an unknown reason.”

Galasso was wearing a seat belt and was uninjured.

Williams was pronounced dead at the scene by a Schoharie County coroner. The release stated that Williams suffered “severe head trauma in the crash.” Schyler R. Shafer, 24, a passenger in the backseat of Galasso’s car was taken to Bassett Medical Center for treatment after complaining of abdominal pains. She and an unidentified front-seat passenger were both wearing seat belts. The released stated that Williams was not.

According to Stamford Fire Department First Assistant Chief Donnie VanEtten, the location of the accident was State Route 10, approximately one-mile north of Camp Oorah (formerly Scotch Valley Ski Center).

“Weather and road conditions were definitely a factor in this accident,” said VanEtten.

The first assistant chief said the road was closed until 8 p.m. and the Stamford Fire Department received mutual aid from the Jefferson Fire Department, Jefferson EMS and CMT, the New York State Police Troop C and Troop G and the New York State Department of Transportation.

State police said that the investigation is ongoing. No tickets or charges have been issued.

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