Three injured, one charged in June 21 accident

ILION – Four vehicles were involved in a chain-reaction accident at the intersection of Central Avenue and East Clark Street in Ilion shortly after 2:30 p.m. Sunday, June 21, and one driver was arrested, said Ilion Police Captain Laurie DeVaul.

According to a press release issued today, three people suffered injuries as a result of the accident, one of whom required transport to a local hospital.

The driver of a 2006 Chevy Impala has been blamed for the accident. DeVaul said Brian Pasquale, 25, of Little Falls, was travelling west on East Clark Street at a high rate of speed, failed to stop for a red light at the intersection of East Clark Street and Central Avenue, and ran into the rear-end of a 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The force of the impact pushed the Jeep forward into a Toyota Corolla that had been stopped directly in front of the Jeep, which in turn was pushed into the back end of a Dodge Caravan.

Pasquale was arrested at the scene and charged with felony driving while ability impaired by drugs, speed not reasonable and prudent and unlicensed operation. Pasquale was arraigned in village court and remanded to the Herkimer County Correctional Facility in lieu of $10,000 cash bail.

The 2002 Jeep was driven by Jason M. Gifford, 31, of West Winfield. Gifford complained of shoulder pain and had been impacted in the face by an airbag deployment. Paramedics treated Gifford at the scene and released him. Samantha M. Gifford, 21, also of West Winfield, had been a passenger in the Jeep. She suffered leg pain and had also been struck by an airbag deployment. She too was treated at the scene and released.

The driver of the Toyota, 35-year-old Wenfang Dong, of Mohawk, complained of chest pain and was transported by ambulance to St. Luke’s Hospital for treatment. According to the press release, Dong was released from the hospital later that day.

Finally, in the Dodge Caravan, driver Barry Rowley, 68, and passenger Donna Rowley, 64, both of Ilion, remained uninjured.


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