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Motorist injured after crashing into tree in Lysander

A Baldwinsville man is hospitalized after his vehicle left the road and hit a tree, according to reports released by Onondaga County Sheriff Kevin E. Walsh.

At approximately 2:15 a.m. Thursday Nov. 26, sheriff's deputies responded to the area of Smokey Hollow Road near Kellogg Road in Lysander, to investigate a one-car accident. Deputies said the occupant of the vehicle, John P. Sunderhaft, 36, of 22 Athena Dr., Baldwinsville, sustained critical injuries to his lower extremities after being pinned inside his vehicle.

Deputies determined that Sunderhaft was traveling southbound on Smokey Hollow Road prior to the accident and it is unclear at this time to why his vehicle left the roadway.

Because of the extensive damage to Sunderhaft's vehicle and the injuries he sustained, rescue crews from the Baldwinsville and Phoenix Fire Department's were called to the scene. Surgeons from University Hospital were also called to the scene to assist with the extrication of Sunderhaft.

After several hours of extrication procedures, Sunderhaft was freed from the vehicle and was transported to University Hospital by Mercy Flight Helicopter. The investigation into the exact cause of the collision is being investigated by the Onondaga County Sheriff's Office Accident Investigation Team. Intoxication does not appear to be a factor and no tickets have been issued at this time.

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