Members of the Ontario County Sheriff’s Office are thanking local residents who followed a pickup truck involved in a Geneva accident, which resulted in two people being sent to the hospital.
On January 18th at approximately 7:22 pm deputies along with the White Springs Fire Department and Stanley-Hall-Gorham Ambulance responded to the intersection of State Routes 5&20 and County Road 6 for a reported personal injury accident.
Upon arriving deputies determined that a State DDSO van operated by Cindy Starnes, 46, of Penn Yan had been rear-ended — and that a Ford F-150 had fled the scene. Starnes and an adult male patient were transported to Geneva General Hospital for head and neck pain.
Witnesses to the accident followed after the truck and watched it crash into a snowbank at a nearby parking lot. Witnesses remained on the line with 911 and reported the male operator walk from the truck to the Express Mart located on Route 5&20 near the intersection.
Geneva Police and Ontario County Sheriff’s Deputies both responded to the Express Mart and identified the Mal operator as Chad N. Roberson, 46, of Illinois. Deputies report that Roberson was found to be in an intoxicated condition.
He was subsequently charged with driving while intoxicated, leaving the scene of a personal injury motor vehicle accident, unlicensed operator, and unregistered motor vehicle.
He was arraigned in Geneva Town Court and remanded to the Ontario County Jail in lieu of $5,000 cash bail or $10,000 secured bond. He will answer the charges in Geneva Town Court at a later date.
Deputies say the witnesses who called 911 played a vital role in the investigation.