Chaos on County Road 7: Two crashes and a heroic rescue

Jessica Pierce

A woman from Livonia in Livingston County injured in the three-vehicle crash at the intersection of County Road 7 and Outlet Road early Tuesday morning was listed in satisfactory condition this morning at Strong Memorial Hospital, hospital officials said.

Hillary Ottaviano, 27, and her 1-year-old, Evelyn Ottaviano, were taken to the Rochester hospital after the 7:13 a.m. crash; the mother by Mercy Flight, the baby by ambulance, Ontario County sheriff's deputies said.

Evelyn Ottaviano was checked over in the emergency room and released, deputies said.

Hillary Ottaviano was driving north on County Road 7 when her vehicle was struck by a vehicle that had driven through a stop sign at Outlet Road, deputies said. That vehicle was driven by Cary Webster, 40, of Heather Lane, Scottsville.

The impact forced Ottaviano's vehicle to strike a third vehicle, driven by Benjamin Bumpus, 28, of South Main Street in Newark, deputies said. Webster's vehicle overturned and caught fire, and Bumpus, who was not hurt, was able to extinguish it with an extinguisher he had in his truck. Webster was able to free herself from her vehicle; she was taken by ambulance to Strong where she was treated for minor injuries and released.

Ottaviano, however, was trapped inside her vehicle and had to be freed by the Jaws of Life. Her baby was not hurt, which deputies attribute to her having been properly secured in an infant seat in the back of the car.

Webster was ticketed with failing to stop at a stop sign. The intersection was closed for about two hours.

A second crash on County Road 7, several miles away, sent 18-year-old Travis Jacobs, of 54 State St., Apt. 1, Manchester, to Clifton Springs Hospital & Clinic with minor injuries to his face and hand, deputies said. At about 8 p.m. Jacobs was driving west on County Road 13 when his vehicle collided with another vehicle, driven by William Lynam, 70, of Penfield, that had entered the intersection from Lovers Lane (County Road 7), deputies said.

The collision forced Lynam's vehicle to flip over. A third vehicle, stopped on County Road 7, was also damaged; it was driven by Jeffery Helker, 45, of 23 Warren St., Rushville, deputies said. Jacobs was taken to the hospital by Finger Lakes Ambulance.

Lynam declined medical treatment, and Helker was not hurt, deputies said.

Lynam was ticketed with failing to yield the right of way at a stop sign.