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2 dead, 1 child seriously injured in Brighton crash

Berkeley Brean
Updated: November 27, 2019 10:14 PM
Created: November 27, 2019 11:06 AM

BRIGHTON, N.Y (WHEC) — Two people are dead and one child is seriously injured after a horrific accident in Brighton Wednesday morning.

Police say a car was driving south on Edgewood Avenue when it veered left and hit three people on the sidewalk. Two of those people were children, and the third was their babysitter. A third child was there, but not hit.

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The babysitter was pronounced dead at the scene, and the two children who were hit were taken to Strong Memorial Hospital.

The 9-year-old child who was struck has died, and the 2-year-old is in critical condition.

The child who wasn't hit was released to family.

Police Chief David Catholdi says the driver is cooperating with police. There was a child in the car. Police say she was released and no charges were filed.

The babysitter's identity hasn't been released yet.

Edgewood Avenue has reopened after it was closed for most of the day. The accident is still under investigation.

News10NBC Chief Investigative reporter Berkeley Brean spoke with the husband of the driver. 

The husband said his wife was driving home, southbound on Edgewood Avenue. 

Their one-month-old baby was in the back.

The car went off the road and hit a utility pole and then hit three people including two children.

The Brighton Police Chief says they were walking on the sidewalk.

Just as I arrived at the scene an ambulance was rushing one of the children to Strong Hospital. 

Edgewood was full of police cars and fire trucks.

The car hit the utility pole with enough force to tilt it sideways.

When the accident happened it cut out power to the neighborhood. 

That’s when Tina Richardson, a resident of the area, knew something happened. 

When she came to the scene she learned that one person died and children were hurt. 

Brean: “When you learn some of the details how did that affect you?”

Tina Richardson: “I just started crying immediately. I just can’t imagine the day before Thanksgiving and just out for a casual walk.”

The Brighton Police Chief spoke to me just before noon. 

Chief David Catholdi, BPD: “We are looking to talk to anybody who could have seen anything involving this motor vehicle.”

The chief said the driver is cooperating. 

Brean: “How do you think this happened?”

Chief David Catholdi, BPD: “Again I don’t know. I can’t rule anything out and I can’t rule anything in at this point. It’s just too early in the investigation.”

At 4 p.m., the husband of the driver says his wife is at the Brighton Police Department. 

He said his baby is okay, not at the hospital. 

On the Brighton Central School District's website, Superintendent Kevin McGowan made the following statement:

Dear Families,

I am so sorry to be writing to you with tragic news. As many of you are aware due to media reports or first-hand knowledge, a terrible car accident occurred today in our community. An adult babysitter and a 9-year-old child, who is a Brighton student, both died as a result. Another child, who is not yet school age, was seriously injured as well.

Although we are not able to share additional information at this point, we did want you to know that we are working to support the family involved and making preparations to support all students, staff, and community members in need of care. To that end, please note that counselors will be available at French Road Elementary School on Friday and Saturday mornings from 10 a.m. to noon. We will continue to communicate with you as appropriate.

I have no words to adequately express our sympathy. I know that our entire school community will join together to provide support, care, and love in every way. Count on us to be there for you and your children. Again, we are so very sorry.

Kevin

Kevin McGowan, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools


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