Police ID driver killed in crash
By Bryanna Allen
STAFF WRITER | June 23,2014
PITTSFORD — Police have identified the man killed on Route 7 in a crash Saturday afternoon as a 24-year-old Pittsford resident, but they said they still don’t know what caused him to veer into the oncoming lane and strike another vehicle head-on.
Justin Lertola, who was driving a 2009 Volkswagen Jetta, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, just south of Otter Valley Union High School, Vermont State Police said in a press release issued late Saturday night.
Donna Therrien, 66, of Pittsford, the driver of the other vehicle involved in the crash, a 2005 Ford Explorer, was listed in fair condition Sunday at Rutland Regional Medical Center, a hospital spokeswoman said.
Two juveniles who police did not name were also in Therrien’s vehicle and were injured in the crash. One of her passengers was treated and released and the other was held for treatment Saturday afternoon. The condition of that juvenile could not be obtained Sunday.
Police said Lertola was driving south when he veered into the oncoming lane and hit Therrien’s sport-utility vehicle.
Lertola’s Jetta swerved off the west side of the highway, while Therrien’s SUV came to a stop in the middle of the road.
The crash happened just after 3 p.m. Saturday and closed Route 7 for more than four hours.
Pittsford and Brandon fire and emergency crews, as well as the Regional Ambulance Service, responded to the scene.
Police said Lertola was wearing a seat belt while Therrien was not wearing a seat belt.
An accident reconstruction team was on the scene late Saturday evening. Police said the investigation into the cause of the crash remains ongoing.
Anyone with information is asked to call state police in Rutland at 773-9101.