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December 6, 2012

Richfield Springs man killed in auto accident

A Richfield Springs man died Tuesday after his motorized wheelchair was struck by a car, state police in Herkimer said.

George Hotaling, 48, entered the roadway at state Route 28, at the intersection of McKoons Road, in the town of Columbia at about 4 p.m., troopers said.

He entered from the west shoulder. The car being driven south on Route 28, by Maureen Meyerhoff, 55, also of Richfield Springs, was unable to avoid a collision, troopers said. The collision caused Hotaling to be ejected from the wheelchair. He was airlifted to Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown where he died from his injuries. The investigation into the accident is continuing, troopers said.

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