Updated: January 02, 2022 06:11 PM
Created: January 02, 2022 12:01 PM
GAINES, N.Y. (WHEC) — The Orleans County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a fatal motor car accident that occurred on New Year's evening.
Deputies say the crash happened at 8:46 pm on Eagle Harbor Road in the Town of Gaines.
Two sisters, ages 18 and 13, were reportedly walking in the north bound lane of Eagle Harbor Road near the north end of the Hamlet of Eagle Harbor when they were struck by a vehicle operated by Zackery Harding, age 24, from Albion, N.Y.
Deputies say the 18-year-old, Theresa M. Karlak, of Albion, was pronounced dead at the scene. The 13-year-old had minor injuries and was treated and released at the scene by EMS.
According to deputies, the preliminary investigation indicates that a second vehicle had reportedly pulled over on the west shoulder. As the vehicle operated by Harding went out and around that vehicle the pedestrians were struck.
Deuputies report conditions at the scene were dark, heavy rain/ice that may have contributed to this tragic accident.
The investigation is continuing. The Sheriff’s was assisted by NYSP Accident Reconstruction Unit, Albion Fire Dept., COVA Ambulance, and the O.C. Coroner’s Office
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