Investigators are trying to pinpoint the exact cause of a two car crash that injured four Nazareth College students and another woman.
The head-on collision happened on French Road just minutes from the college around 11:30 p.m. on Saturday. All five women were taken to Strong Memorial Hospital. The driver of one car, Danielle Pitcher and one of her passengers, Cynthia Zepeda are in satisfactory condition as of Sunday night. Gabrielle Acevedo, also a passenger, is in guarded condition. Renee Broderick was riding in the other vehicle. She's in satisfactory condition.
The Monroe County Sheriff's office has determined that speed played a role in this crash, we're also told the investigation is far from over. People who saw the crash scene last night say they won't easily forget what they witnessed.
“I was working on my thesis. I heard a bang...didn't really know what it was. I looked outside and there were two cars smoking," said Timur Senguen.
Two cars had crashed right near his house. It took him only minutes to get his coat on and run outside to help. Four young women, Nazareth College students, were riding in one car. A man and a woman in the other.
“I was coming closer to see if everybody was okay. The two girls said they were okay, but one of their friends was still in the car,” said Senguen. “And turns out I was able to get her out, she was able to walk away by herself, but the fourth friend was not in such good shape.”
Senguen is talking about Gabrielle Acevedo. She was the most seriously injured in the crash. Senguen says Acevedo's face was cut and swollen and she was having a hard time breathing.
“She was kind of crumpled in the foot area in the back seat. So we tried to help her out, but there wasn't much we could do,” said Senguen.” She was wedged in there pretty good.”
Danielle Pitcher was driving the car. Pitcher, Cynthia Zepeda and Malsiel Pion were all taken to the hospital. Pion has been released. As for the other car, Senguen says the female passenger Renee Broderick, appeared to be in great pain.
“I had one here not to many years ago on this tree...so it was upsetting. Because it was a snowy night and the roads were slippery and I hated to see kids in the car and I heard them crying and trying to get out.” Said Suzanne Archer a resident on French Road.
The crash took out her mailbox, and she says the curve near her house is tricky.
“You really have to slow down and sometimes people don't slow down, they come around the corner too fast.”
Page 2 of 2 - Nazareth College President Daan Braveman released this statement, “I write to ask you all to send your thoughts and prayers to four of our Nazareth students and their families after a serious car accident last night near campus on French Road. We don’t have a lot of details yet, but I ask that all four of these young women be in your thoughts. They were all transported to the hospital. In situations like this, we rely on our tight-knit Nazareth community to lean on, and we will share more information with you as we can.”
Again Acevedo suffered serious head injuries and is in guarded condition. As of now no charges or tickets have been issued. Meanwhile Nazareth College is making counselors available for students on campus.