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Recent tragedy highlights danger of Pompey Center Road

More than 30 accidents, with three deaths, have been reported on the road in three years

Pompey Center Road has been the site of three fatal crashes since 2009.

Pompey Center Road has been the site of three fatal crashes since 2009. Photo by Amanda Seef.

— Adam Yeates doesn’t remember driving down Pompey Center Road last June. He can still see a mini-van in the opposite lane, but the 18-year-old doesn’t remember what it sounded like; the sounds of his car colliding with a stopped farm tractor. He doesn’t remember how it felt when emergency crews freed him, or anything about the critical ambulance trip to Upstate University Hospital.

All Yeates knows about the crash is what police reports have told him.

“I don’t know what speed I was going, but by the looks of the skid marks it was fairly fast,” Yeates said. He was driving from his Pompey Center Road home on a sunny, Friday morning after a doctor’s appointment when he couldn’t stop in time. His car slammed into the back of that stopped farm tractor, crumbling his car and crippling his body from moving. He can’t remember, but he thinks he lost consciousness as he tried to remove himself from the car. He was taken to the hospital in critical condition, and spent five weeks there recovering from broken bones and a brain injury.

Yeates’ crash is one of 34 that have happened on Pompey Center Road in three years; three of which have been fatal.

A Manlius woman was killed on the road in July 2009. Police believe Leslie Young, 45, was speeding on the road when she hit a landscape rock and her car rolled over, hitting a utility pole.

In September 2010, a 22-year-old Chittenango man was killed when his car went off the road. Police think Erich Sorrentino was swerving to miss an animal in the woods when he went off the road, hitting trees and a utility pole across from Graham’s home.

Down the road, about a mile, friends and family have been gathering to remember Marissa Ahlsen, 23, of Manlius, who was killed last week when her car went off the road, hit a utility pole, rolled over and landed in the trees. Police have not yet released a cause of that accident.

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