2016-07-13 / Front Page

Roxbury man is killed in freak car-deer crash

Deer is airborne after being hit and crashes thru oncoming vehicle
By Joan Lawrence-Bauer

A 49-year-old Roxbury man died Sunday night from injuries sustained in a freak car-deer accident that occurred near Grand Gorge on Wednesday evening, July 6.

John Peters was pronounced dead bout 11 p.m. Sunday at Albany Medical Center as a result of injuries suffered in the crash. Roxbury Constable Steve Williamson said that Peters was a passenger in a 2012 Honda driven by his fiancee, Renee Wojciechowski, 35, also of Roxbury. They were both injured when an oncoming vehicle struck a deer and the deer became airborne and crashed through the windshield of the Wojciechowski vehicle.

Strong impact

Constable Williamson said the accident occurred when Susan Greene, 58, of Vega, was driving north on Route 30 near Polli Road, about two miles from Grand Gorge, in a 2011 Toyota shortly after 6 p.m. when she hit a deer and the impact sent the deer into the air.

The flying deer, which weigh- ed about 70 pounds, crossed lanes and hit Wojciechowski’s windshield as she was travelling south on Route 30 with Peters in the passenger seat. The driver’s brother Patrick Wojciechowski, 15, and her nephew Andrew Wojciechowski, 14, were passengers in the back seat.

The impact of the deer hitting the windshield of the Wojcie- chowski was so forceful that the animal went through the windshield, smashed into Peters, and pushed the front seat into the back seat where it smashed into the laps of the two Wojceichowski boys.

Peters was airlifted to the Albany Medical Center for treatment of numerous injuries, but was pronounced dead on Sunday night.

The other three occupants in the Wojciechowski vehicle were taken by ambulance to Margaretville Hospital.

Greene and her passengers, her parents 84-year-old Gerald Greene and 80-year-old Shirley Greene, were badly shaken by the accident but declined medical treatment. Constable William- son said the airbag in their 2011 Toyota deployed while those in Wojciechowski’s 2012 Honda did not.

Never saw the deer

Greene told police that she never saw the deer until the last second because of thick weeds along the side of the road.

Constable Steve Williamson, a longtime law enforcement veteran told the News that the accident was one of the “freakiest” he has ever seen.

Personnel from the Grand Gorge and Roxbury fire departments and rescue squads respond- ed to the scene, which closed Route 30 for more than two hours. Cooperstown Medical Transport, Delaware County Sheriff’s patrol, New York City DEP Police, first responders from Halcottsville and Margaretville Fire Departments and two visiting EMTs from Staten Island all assisted.

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