LAKEWOOD - A two-car accident in Lakewood on Friday afternoon sent four people to the hospital, including a child who wasn't secured in a safety seat.
According to Lakewood-Busti police, a maroon Chevy Impala was traveling westbound on Fairmount Avenue around 12:50 p.m. when an eastbound white Jeep Grand Cherokee turned left onto Fairdale Avenue in front of Wal-Mart. Police determined that the Impala had the right-of-way to proceed straight during a yellow light, and that the Jeep failed to yield to the oncoming Chevy.
The driver's side of the Impala was caved in from front to back as it peeled off the front bumper cover of the Jeep during the collision. The Impala, which was driven by 23-year-old Panama resident Joshua A. Hosier, with his wife and their child inside, went up onto the sidewalk, narrowly missing a utility pole.
Above, volunteer firefighters clean up the scene of an accident that congested traffic on Fairmount Avenue for almost an hour Friday afternoon.
P-J photo by Andrew Carr
The driver of the Jeep, 60-year-old city resident James R. Rasmussen of Jamestown, sustained non life-threatening injuries in the crash and was taken to WCA Hospital by medics from Celoron and Lakewood volunteer fire departments. Hosier was also taken to the hospital while his wife and child were treated at the scene.
After an investigation, police cited Rasmussen for failure to yield the right of way and Hosier was cited for failing to place his child in a child safety seat.
Westbound traffic on Fairmount Avenue was backed up all the way into Jamestown for almost an hour until the busy intersection was cleared. Both vehicles were towed from the scene and the Busti Fire Department also assisted.