By Jake Palmateer
ONEONTA _ A registered nurse for The Arc of Delaware County died in a head-on crash Wednesday while driving to work in Walton.
Sherry Bush, 60, of Margaretville, was driving south on state Route 10 in the town of Hamden at about 8 a.m. when her car was hit by another driven by Joshua T. Stimpson, 25, of Masonville, according to Delaware deputies.
Stimpson was attempting to pass a northbound tractor-trailer in a no-passing zone when his vehicle collided with Bush's car, deputies said.
Bush was pronounced dead at the scene by Coroner James Magee.
An autopsy performed at Lourdes Hospital in Binghamton revealed she died from
multiple, blunt traumatic injuries.
Stimpson was transported to Delaware Valley Hospital by the Walton Emergency Squad with possible pelvic and internal injuries.
His condition was unavailable late Wednesday night.
Bush was recognized in 2008 for five years of employment at The Arc of Delaware County.
The staff there is in shock, Executive Director George Suess said Wednesday night.
"She worked in all of our day services," Suess said.
That included Arkville, Hamden and Walton, where she was headed at the time of the crash, he added.
"She was a gentle person.
She was good at her job. She
was well-liked by staff," Suess said. "She really enjoyed
working with people with disabilities, and she will be sorely missed."
Deputies were assisted at the scene by members of the state police Troop C Collision Reconstruction Unit, Walton Fire Department and state Department of Transportation.
At this time, alcohol involvement is not suspected to be a factor, but the investigation is continuing, and charges are expected to be filed at its conclusion, deputies said.
The crash occurred just north of a DOT facility on a section of highway posted with a 55 mph speed limit, Undersheriff Douglas Vredenburgh said.
"That whole section is a no-passing zone with limited visibility," Vredenburgh said.
Vredenburgh said late Wednesday night he did not recall if either driver was wearing a seatbelt.
"It would not have made any difference with the deceased," he said.
It is not yet known how fast the cars were driving, Vredenburgh said.
Deputies are attempting to identify the drivers of the tractor-trailer that Stimpson was attempting to pass as well as another, uninvolved, gray color vehicle traveling ahead of the Stimpson vehicle immediately prior to the accident. They are asking anyone with information to call the Delaware County Sheriff's Office at 746-2336.