Several People Injured in Morning Crash

Three people were flown to out-of-town hospitals following a crash at about 4:30 this morning near the top of Minard Run Road.

Bradford Township Police say 18-year-old Garret Hoy of Smethport was traveling east when he swerved to miss a deer, but his car crossed the center line and hit another car head-on. 19-year-old Ashley Shonts of Cyclone was driving the second car, and had to be extricated by emergency responders. She was flown to ECMC in Buffalo for treatment of serious injuries. She is in fair condition.

A passenger in Shonts’s car, 18-year-old Sarah Hurd of Bradford was first taken to Bradford Regional Medical Center, but was later flown to UPMC Hamot, where she is also in fair condition.

30-year-old Frank Deblaso of Smethport, a 15-year-old boy from Gifford and a 16-year-old girl from Port Allegany were all passengers in Hoy’s car. They were all taken to BRMC, but Hoy was later flown to UPMC Hamot. He is also in fair condition. Both vehicles were totaled. Police are continuing their investigation and say charges are pending against Hoy.


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