By Jay Anderson
Fairport, NY – June 26 2007
SUV collides with Semi; Five Die.
Less than a week after they graduated from high school in a Rochester suburb, five women are killed in a fiery head on crash with a tractor- trailer, according to officials with the Ontario County Sheriffs Office.
Fairport High School Principal David Paddock said four of the women were members of the cheerleading squad: Bailey Goodman, Hannah Congdon, Meredith McClure, and Sara Monnat, and he indentified the fifth as Kati Shirley. All five graduated Thursday.
The victims had been heading to a camp owned by one of the parents at Keuka Lake, and four friends were following in another vehicle when the collision occurred.
Bailey Goodman was driving the SUV according to Ontario County Sheriff Philip Povero.
The crash happened shortly after 10 p.m. along a 55 mph stretch on a two lane road in the rural town of East Bloomfield, about 20 miles southeast of Rochester.
Keisha Koneski, one of the cheerleading teammates who was following said it appeared Bailey tried to pass a van that was driving slowly in the right lane. After passing the van, Bailey may have thought the van was swerving into her lane and she moved into the left lane, running head on into the semi.
The final crash report issued on July 13, 2008, after an intensive investigation by the sheriffs office indicates that overcorrection is still being attributed as the likely cause. The report shows the 17 year old driver, was traveling 60 mph in a Chevy Tralblazer when it collided head on with the truck traveling at 55mph. Phone-company records show that a text message had been sent to Bailey's cell phone 38 seconds before the first 911 call was received at 10:07 p.m. " All we know is that the message was received on her phone" said Sheriff Povero.
Diane McClure, Meredith's mom, said she talked to her daughter and two other children on many occasions about driving safely. " There's no denying that things parents worry about – teenage driving, too many kids in the vehicle and cell phone usage," she said. "None of this has changed that ... Those are definitely issues we talked about."
She added "Those were our worst fears in the past and our worst fears in the future."
SAFE DRIVING IS NOT EXPENSIVE, IT'S PRICELESS!