2-year-old succumbs to injuries after tragic accident along 5&20; Sheriff says no criminal charges filed


In a sad update to a story from earlier in the week – the 2-year-old Waterloo child who was struck by a car on 5&20 succumbed to injuries sustained in the accident.

Sheriff Tim Luce said in a press release on Friday that no criminal charges were being filed, but that the investigation is continuing.

ORIGINAL STORY: 2-year-old in critical condition after wandering into traffic on 5&20 in Waterloo

Sheriff Tim Luce says his office is investigating a serious car-pedestrian accident, which occurred in the Town of Waterloo along State Routes 5&20 around 8 p.m. on Tuesday.

Luce says that deputies were called to the scene near Macs Drive-In where a vehicle, operated by 79-year-old Karen Gerlach, of Waterloo was traveling west – when a 2-year-old wandered into the westbound lane and was struck.

The child was identified as Leo Butler, of Waterloo.

Butler was treated at the scene by North Seneca Ambulance and transported to Geneva General Hospital then airlifted by Life Net air ambulance to Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester where he is in critical condition, according to Luce.

Gerlach was treated at the scene and transported by Fingerlakes Ambulance to Geneva General Hospital and was treated and released.

Luce says that Gerlach was not at fault and are investigating how the child was able to wander into the roadway.

Deputies say the road was closed for a total of three hours while the crash was investigated.

The Waterloo Fire Department, Waterloo Police Department, and New York State Police all assisted.

Sheriff Luce says the investigation remains active.

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