The driver of a truck involved in the three-vehicle accident Wednesday morning in the town of Oxford that left one person dead will be ticketed but criminal charges are unlikely, according to Chenango County Sheriff's Lt. Joshua Gould.
Kathryn Frear of Greene was pronounced dead at the scene on state Route 12 when deputies responded shortly after 7 a.m. Wednesday, according to a media release.
Frear was driving behind a tractor-trailer operated by Jereme Lehmer of Oxford when her car, a 2012 Ford Fiesta, was struck from behind and forced into the tractor-trailer by a box truck driven by Kenneth Price of Buffalo. Price had failed to stop for the slowing vehicles as they approached a turn, according to the release.
Gould said Price will be ticketed for following too closely. The investigation remains under investigation by the Chenango County Sheriff's Office, and at this point there is no basis for criminal charges, Gould said.
If the investigation reveals alcohol, drugs or speed were factors in the accident, it could change the outcome in terms of criminal charge, Gould said.
"At this point, it doesn't seem likely," he said.
Lehmer was uninjured and Price was transported to Chenango Memorial Hospital for treatment of minor injuries from the Wednesday morning accident, according to the release.
Personnel from the state Department of Transportation, Greene emergency medical services and fire departments from Norwich, Oxford and Brisben also responded to the scene.
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