Two-car crash leaves one dead in Genesee County


One person is dead and another driver is facing charges after a car accident in Genesee County early Sunday morning.

Burton police say a car was traveling southbound on Belsay Road when it was rear-ended by another car.

That car then swerved and crashed into the Schultz Printing building on Lapeer Road.

The driver was found dead, though officials aren’t sure how the person died. The crash happened around 2 a.m.

The Schultz Printing building has been closed for years and was empty when the accident happened.

The driver of the car that was rear-ended was found and ticketed for leaving the scene. More charges could be coming.

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Mother of woman killed by truck on East Genesee Street in Syracuse released … – The Post

Syracuse, N.Y. — The mother whose daughter was killed last Friday when a pickup truck struck both of them as they were walking on East Genesee Street has been released from Upstate University Hospital.

Barbara Cook, 72, was upgraded to fair condition Thursday. Cook, of Adams, had been in critical condition following the accident.

Cook and her daughter, Jennifer Cook, who was a 43-year-old English professor in Rhode Island, were walking along the 900 block of East Genesee Street near Phoebe’s restaurant when a truck veered across the road and hit them.

Jennifer Cook was in Central New York to visit her ailing 93-year-old father Frank Cook, a relative said.

On Friday, she took her mother to a doctor’s appointment in downtown Syracuse and they were were on their way to get lunch at around 1:15 p.m., a family member said.

Jennifer Cook died at the hospital from her injuries on the day of the accident.

James McDonald, 86, of Chittenango, was driving a Mazda pickup truck going west when the vehicle hit the women.

McDonald’s truck came to rest in a snow bank.

Syracuse police have not announced any tickets related to the crash. Sgt. Gary Bulinski told that neither McDonald’s age nor the weather seemed to be factors.

Mother of woman killed in Syracuse accident upgraded to fair condition – The Post

Syracuse, N.Y. — The 72-year-old mother of a Rhode Island woman who was killed Friday after both were hit by a pickup truck while they walked on East Genesee Street has been upgraded to fair condition at Upstate University Hospital.

Barbara Cook had been in critical condition following the crash. She was walking with her daughter, Jennifer Cook, 43, along the 900 block of East Genesee Street when a pickup truck veered across the road and hit them.

Jennifer Cook, an English professor at Rhode Island College, was killed.

James McDonald, 86, of Chittenango, was driving the pickup truck. Police have not announced any charges against him. At the time, they said neither his age nor the weather seemed to be factors in the crash.

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RI woman killed in Syracuse accident was English professor with ‘long career … – The Post

Syracuse, N.Y. — A Rhode Island woman killed Friday after being hit by a pickup truck in Syracuse was an English professor who defended the comic book as a legitimate literary form and had hundreds of pupils, a report in the Providence Journal says.

Jennifer Cook, 43, was walking with her 72-year-old mother Barbara Cook on the 900 block of East Genesee Street when a Mazda pickup truck going west veered into the opposite lane.

Jennifer Cook was killed in the ensuing collision. Barbara was in critical condition but has since improved and is now listed as being in serious condition, a nursing supervisor with Upstate University Hospital said Sunday afternoon.

James McDonald, 86, of Chittenango, was the driver of the Mazda. No charges have been announced against him.

Jennifer Cook (Courtesy of Rhode Island College) 
McDonald was reached through a phone call to his home on Sunday.

“I don’t care to talk about it, sorry,” McDonald said before hanging up.

McDonald showed no signs of impairment and his age does not appear to have been a factor in the crash, Sgt. Gary Bulinski said.

McDonald had a valid driver’s license, Bulinski said. There’s no indication he has had other accidents recently.

Though stressing that the investigation is continuing, Bulinski also said that the roads appear to have been dry and clear at the time of the accident.

Investigators believe Jennifer and Barbara Cook were on their way to or from a parked car, Bulinski said. Police are waiting for Barbara Cook’s condition to improve before interviewing her to learn more about the crash.

On Sunday, Jennifer Cook’s brother said that he was unsure he was ready to speak about the accident.

His sister was a professor at Rhode Island College who graduated from American University, according to the Providence Journal report.

“Cook was a well-liked and well-respected member of the English department and of the educational studies department,” RIC president Nancy Carriulo said in a statement, the Providence Journal said.

“We all thought that Jen, who was tenured a few years ago, had a long career ahead of her at Rhode Island College.”

Cook trained hundreds of students who became teachers, the paper reported.

She had a spouse: Moira Collins, also of the school’s English department.

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Snow involved in rollover accident at 30th and SW Genesee

Snow involved in rollover accident at 30th and S.W. Genesee

Metro buses and several cars stuck on Sylvan way and on Roxbury Street

As snow fell over the greater Puget Sound area on Saturday Feb. 8 it caused problems.

Witnesses say a car was heading Eastbound down SW Genesee hill, locked his brakes and slid into a fire hydrant knocked over a street sign and flipped the vehicle. No injuries were reported. Traffic was blocked on Genesee down to 26th S.W.

According to reader reports a bus was stuck on Sylvan Way hill along with several cars unable to make it up and more than one bus got stuck on Roxbury Street between21st and 26th Ave. S.W.

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UPDATEMan ticketed after accident on Genesee Street

(WKTV) – A car crash into the side of a bridge on Genesee Street in North Utica led to several tickets for a Utica man, Utica police said.

David Thomas of Noyes Street received a ticket for speed not reasonable and prudent, leaving the scene of an accident and aggravated unlicensed operation.

According to officials, Thomas lost control on a patch of ice and crashed into the side of a bridge near Nicky Doodles and Babe’s restaurants. 

One dead, two critically injured in accident involving tanker truck in Genesee … – Mlive

GENESEE TOWNSHIP, MI — One person is dead and two others are in critical condition following an accident involving a tanker truck at the intersection of Carpenter Road and Dort Highway.

The accident happened around 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 11 when a black four door car was hit by a tanker truck at the intersection.

Genesee Township Lieutenant Robert Watters said the driver of the car was killed and the two passengers are listed in critical condition at Hurley Medical Center. The driver of the tanker truck was uninjured.

The Michigan State Police are assisting the Genesee Township Police Department in the investigation of this crash.

Watters said officers from Mt. Morris Township, the Genesee County Sheriff’s Department, and firefighters from the Genesee Township Fire Department helped in closing off the intersection.

The accident is still under investigation.

This was the first of two fatal traffic accidents within hours in Genesee County.

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