posted on August 07, 2010 10:15
Three young people were killed early this morning when the car in which they were riding struck a utility pole in the Town of Oakfield shortly after attending the Elba Onion Festival.
Pronounced dead at the scene were:
Joshua K. Durham, 21, of Basom, the driver and Mathew R. Ware, 22, of Batavia, a passenger.
A third occupant of the car, Allyson E. Galens, 20, of Stanley, NY was flown via Mercy Flight to the Erie County Medical Center where she was later pronounced dead.
Photos: Below left: Joshua Durham and Allyson Galens. Below right: Mathew Ware
Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputies said the 2005 Scion TC operated by Durham was southbound on Albion Rd. when it collided with the utility pole just south of the Lockport Rd. intersection.
Genesee County Sheriff Gary Maha confirmed late this morning that investigators believe alcohol was a factor in the accident.
Ware and Durham were star athletes at Oakfield-Alabama High School in 2005-2006. Ware was a running back with the Hornets varsity football team while Durham participated in track and baseball.
The chief of the Oakfield Fire Department has "strongly encouraged" volunteers who responded to the accident to attend a stress debriefing tomorrow night at the fire hall.
The investigation into the accident is continuing.