N.Y. teen on life support after crash

Tori Uthe

Two East Rochester teens are in the hospital – one on life support – after a vehicle they allegedly stole overturned in Perinton on Monday night.

Around 11:05 p.m., a 14-year-old boy and a 15-year-old boy allegedly stole a sport utility vehicle from East Rochester, and within five minutes crashed the vehicle, according to the Monroe County Sheriff's office. 

The 14-year-old male driver was heading west on Jefferson Avenue when he drove off the right shoulder and overturned the vehicle several times coming to rest on its top at 471 Jefferson Ave. The driver was ejected from the vehicle, according to East Rochester Police Chief David Pugliese, who responded to the crash with the Fairport Fire Department. The other teen, Pugliese said, was trapped in the car and had to be removed from the vehicle by emergency personnel.

Both teens were transported to Strong Memorial Hospital.  The 14-year-old sustained life threatening injuries and is currently on life support, according to Cpl. John Helfer, spokesman for the Monroe County Sheriff's Office. 

The boys' names have not been released. The cause of the crash is still under investigation by the sheriff's office, but speed was a factor, according to Helfer .

Tori Uthe can be reached at 394-0770 ext. 218 or tuthe@mpnewspapers.com.