Police identify nine victims hurt in Star Lake head-on crash
Wednesday, August 10, 2011 - 9:15 am

STAR LAKE – Nine people were hurt when an attempt to pass a tractor trailer ended in a head-on crash.

New York State Police in Star Lake investigated the two-vehicle collision Tuesday at 12:13 p.m. on State Rt. 3 in the town of Fine.

Their preliminary investigation indicates that Genemichael Lester, 21, Evans Mills, was driving a 2000 GMC van eastbound when he pulled out to pass an uninvolved tractor trailer.

Lester's vehicle struck head-on a 2007 Ford F-250 being driven westbound by Peter E. Holmes, 32, Fulton, NY.

Fire and rescue units responded and transported the injured to Clifton-Fine Hospital.

Rt. 3 was closed to traffic for a time as the rescue and investigation proceeded.

The investigation is continuing and charges may be filed at a later date.

Injured in the collision were:

from the GMC van

• Genemichael Lester, severe leg and internal injuries

• William B. Warner, 27, Elmira, internal injuries

• Richard E. Foster, 27, Watertown, minor head and possible internal injuries

• Ashley M. Payeur, 24, Elmira Heights, leg pain

• Cory A. Kelley, 34, Lowville, head and internal injuries

• Justin G. Jodon, 19, Akron,, leg and head injuries

• Chastity L. Stevens, 21, Adams, head and internal injuries;

and from the Ford F-250

• Peter E. Holmes, back pain

• Leslie K. Holmes, 67, Fulton, head laceration and pain

The following fire and rescue departments responded: Cranberry Lake Fire and Rescue, Star Lake Fire and Rescue, Colton Rescue, Pierrepont CFR's, Edwards Rescue, Harrisville Rescue, Newton Falls Fire, Tupper Lake Rescue.