Yates County Sheriff Ron Spike says that an investigation into a fatal accident that happened on January 7th has been completed.
According to Spike, the investigation revealed that Lance B. Strong, 48, of Penn Yan was traveling west on PY-Himrod Road and had passed a horse and buggy traveling in the same direction when he came back into his lane and lost control of the vehicle.
He says that reconstruction shows that the pickup truck was traveling 55 to 60 mph at the time of the crash when he skidded across the road impacting an embankment. He was not wearing a seat belt, and as result — propelled forward causing his head to hit the windshield.
Yates County Coroner Steve Culver said, “The autopsy revealed that this impact fractured his skull and spine making his death instant.”
His body was ejected out through the passenger side window coming to rest partially under the truck, according to Spike.
Sheriff Spike added, “A contributing factor is that the toxicology report indicates that his blood-alcohol content was 0.30 percent at the time.”