Police credit good samaritans for efforts in Canandaigua crashes

Created: 08/27/2014 11:09 PM WHEC.com

Police say they are crediting good samaritans after their efforts helped keep an incident of road rage and DWI from getting worse on Wednesday.

According to police, William Lantier, 58, was the man behind the wheel. He’s facing several charges, including DWI and reckless driving.

The incident started on Route 332 and Thomas Road, and it continued into downtown Canandaigua until two people were able to pull him over.

Around 7:40 Wednesday morning, Tom Honan says he was on his way to work in Geneva when out of nowhere a car crashed into his mini-van. He said he had no idea what had taken place before, or that his vehicle was only one of nine crash scenes all within a span of a few minutes.

“It was scary. It was scary that it went on that long,” said Honan.

This was an emotional day for Tom Honan. When he got behind the wheel of his mini-van this morning, like he does every morning, he had no idea his world would be turned upside down without warning.

“There was no bracing. There was no trying to get out of the way. I didn’t see it coming at all,” Honan said.

Honan says the vehicle crashed head on into the passenger side of his mini-van, and then hit it a few more times to move it out of the way. He said within seconds it was gone. Honan says he glimpsed a green jeep, but he had no idea that other drivers and the police had been trying to stop it. Honan says it hit another car and then finally stopped on the road.

“I was in complete shock. I had no idea what was happening,” he said.

Police say Lantier was driving the green jeep drunk, hitting a total of nine cars from Route 332 in Farmington all the way to Main Street in Canandaigua. We’re told a good samaritan finally stopped him.

“I didn’t want anybody else to get hurt, so I just figured my vehicle is big enough to stop his,” said Albert Ayers.

Ayer is the man who got Lantier to stop. Some are calling him a hero.

“He still wouldn’t open his door. He was ramming my vehicle while I was trying to talk to him. I actually tried to break his window. We had to get a hammer, broke it and shut his car off,” Ayers said.

Honan didn’t see all of what was happening ahead of him, but he says it means a lot that someone cared enough to get involved.

“I think it’s great that someone got involved. It’s sad that it got to that point, but it’s nice to hear that someone took the initiative and got involved in the situation,” said Honan.

Honan was injured and taken to the hospital. However, this father of four is thankful he was able to walk away from the crash, but he’s angry that road rage has affected his family for a second time in two years. He says his wife was an innocent victim in a road rage crash. Fortunately, she survived.

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