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Rochester driver ticketed after investigation into fatal Ontario Co. crash

An investigation into a fatal accident, which happened back in January has been completed in Ontario County.

The Sheriff’s Office says that a vehicle operated by Michael Nichols, 32, of Rochester was southbound on County Rd. 20 and a vehicle operated by Crystal Roche-Mercado, 29, of Geneva was traveling west on County Rd. 4 when Nichols failed to stop — entering the intersection, and striking the passenger side of the Merchado vehicle.

Both vehicles left the highway and Eleizer Ortiz-Santiago, 34, of Geneva was taken to Strong Memorial Hospital by Mercy Flight where he died from injuries sustained.

Nichols has now been ticketed for failing to stop, failing to yield and was charged with reckless operation.

The charges will be answered in Seneca Town Court.

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