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Lysander: Motorist injured after crashing into tree

A Baldwinsville man was hospitalized after his vehicle left the road and struck a tree.

At approximately 2:15 a.m. Thursday Nov. 27, sheriff's deputies responded to the area of Smokey Hollow Road near Kellogg Road, to investigate a one-car accident. Deputies said that the occupant of the vehicle, John P. Sunderhaft, 36, of 22 Athena Drive, 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 why his vehicle left the roadway.

Due to the extensive damage to Sunderhaft's vehicle and the injuries he sustained, rescue crews from the Baldwinsville and Phoenix fire departments were called to the scene. Surgeons from University Hospital were also called to the scene to assist with the removal 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 have been a factor and no tickets have been issued at this time.

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