Names of horse and buggy crash victims released, family recovering

Emily Putnam
Updated: August 10, 2020 07:52 PM
Created: August 10, 2020 06:03 PM

JERUSALEM, N.Y. (WHEC) — The Yates County Sheriff's Office has released the names of the victims of a near-deadly crash involving a horse and buggy.

Matthew and Katrina Sensenig and their five children ages 7 months to 9 years old were injured Sunday in the Town of Jerusalem at around 5:30 p.m.


The Sensenigs were heading home from a family gathering on East Sherman Hollow Road in Yates County when their horse and buggy was hit from behind by a motor vehicle.

"I heard a noise, and I went to the living room window and I could see how bad it was, and I immediately ran to the phone to dial 911," Randy Horton said.

The crash happened on the edge of Horton's property. Thankfully he was home at the time and able to call the police, who tell us that the family is expected to survive.

"Since the medical care at Strong hospital, they've all improved and some have been elevated to even good, but they've all improved which is, which is the good news," Sheriff Ron Spike said.

The crash happened in a double yellow line no-passing zone, when the driver of the car, a 24-year-old man from Penn Yan, attempted to pass the horse and buggy on his right, and didn't see another vehicle coming at him in the opposite direction.

"As he pulled out to pass, there was another vehicle coming over the rise, and so he had to cut back to his right, and when he did, his right front collided with the side of the buggy," Spike said.

Sheriff Spike says they've ruled out impairment and distraction, but that an unsafe passing situation was likely the main cause of the accident. All seven family members were ejected from the buggy on impact.

"People have got to be very aware that they have to share the road, and sometimes patience is a virtue," Spike said.

In order to prevent this from happening again, Sheriff Spike also emphasized the need to be aware of the difference in speed with slow-moving vehicles like buggies.

Click here for more information about how to reduce the likelihood of crashing with a slow-moving vehicle.

Those looking to donate money to help the victims can send it to the address below:

Mid-West Old Order Mennonite Church

C/O Deacon John Hoover

1324 Rte 54

Penn Yan, NY 14527

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