Westmoreland accident sends three to hospital

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TOWN OF WESTMORELAND — Three people were hospitalized — including a young child — after an out-of-control car crashed into their yard off Route 26 and hit all three of them Tuesday afternoon, according to law enforcement officials.

Sheriff’s deputies said Elizabeth Slocum, 21, of Oriskany Falls, was northbound on Route 26 at about 5:44 p.m. when she attempted to pass another vehicle in her 2004 Jeep. But due to unsafe speeds and improper passing, deputies said Slocum was unable to pass the other vehicle, so she attempted to re-enter the northbound lane.

Deputies said Slocum lost control of her Jeep in the attempt, with the Jeep spinning 180-degrees on the snow and slush-slicked roadway. Deputies said the Jeep passed over the double solid lines and went off the west shoulder backwards.

Authorities said Slocum’s Jeep crashed through two mailboxes before hitting three people who were crossing their yard near Lowell Road. John Pearson, 51, Lisa Pearson, 53, and a 10-year-old girl were all taken to St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Utica for their injuries, authorities said.

Slocum’s Jeep continued across the yard before hitting a camper and finally coming to rest, authorities stated.

Slocum was ticketed for unreasonable speed, failure to keep right, driving to the left in a no passing zone and operating without insurance, deputies said. She was released on appearance ticket to Town Court.

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