June 23, 2013

8 injured in 3-vehicle accident

CADYVILLE — Eight people were injured in an accident involving two cars and a motorcycle Saturday afternoon.

The call was dispatched at 2:20 p.m.

A Mazda CK-5 SUV, operated by Neil Duquette, 28, of Cadyville was driving west on Route 3 and slowed, attempting to turn into the driveway of 2555 Route 3 in the Town of Cadyville, said T.J. Strack, assistant chief for the Saranac Fire Department.

The address is between Duquette Road and Horse Heads Hill.

A Dodge neon operated by Joseph A. Fountain, 25, of Saranac was traveling behind the Mazda. Fountain could not stop in time and struck the SUV, Strack said.

The Mazda was pushed into the east bound lane and struck a Yamaha motorcycle driven by James Sholtis, 52, of Cadyville, according to the Sheriff’s office.

Three passengers in the Dodge were transported to CVPH Medical Center: Nichole M. Litz, 24, of Plattsburgh; Keegan E. Litz, 1, of Plattsburgh; and Brayden J. Litz, 3, of Plattsburgh.

Duquette was also transported to CVPH, along with two passengers from his Mazda: Sarah L. Cronk-Duquette, 28, of Cadyville, and Cassandra M. Peck, 28, of Champlain.

A passenger on the motorcycle, Morgan J. Sholtis, 14, of Cadyville, was also transported to CVPH.

Nichole Litz was admitted for observation; Keegan and Brayden Litz were treated and released. Neil Duquette, Cassandra Peck, and Morgan Sholtis were also treated and released. Sarah Cronk-Duquette was being evaluated at the time of publication.

Six ambulances responded to the accident site, Strack said. They were EMS departments from Morrisonville, Saranac, Dannemora, Cadyville and CVPH. The State Police and the Sheriff’s Department also responded.

Fountain was ticketed for following too close, unsafe tire, speed unreasonable and imprudent for road conditions and inadequate brakes, according to the Sheriff’s office. Fountain is to appear in the Town of Saranac Court at a later date.

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