Police identify five injured in Conklin head-on crash


New York State Police are investigating a head-on crash that sent five people to hospital with serious injuries.

Soldiers were called with a report of an accident on Murphy Road near Ketchum Road in the town of Conklin at 9:19 a.m. on January 21.

According to a state police press release, a 2008 Dodge Charger and a 2014 Chevrolet Silverado were involved in the collision.

Authorities said four passengers and the driver of the Charger were seriously injured.

The driver and two passengers were taken to Wilson Memorial Regional Medical Center in Johnson City while two other passengers were transported by LifeNet medical helicopter to Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse for treatment.

The driver of the Silverado was assessed at the scene by emergency medical services crews. State police said the person was not taken to hospital.


New York State Police identified the driver of the Dodge Charger as 36-year-old Michael L. McDonald of Conklin, who was taken to Wilson Hospital.

Its passengers are identified as Victoria M. Wilcox, 26, and Keaton McDonald, 14, both of Conklin, who were both airlifted to Upstate University Hospital along with Zoe Grems, 13, of Conklin and 4- 1-year-old Kaylyn Mendez of Binghamton, who were both taken to Wilson Hospital.

The driver and sole occupant of the Chevrolet Silverado is identified as Christopher M. Davidson, 53, of Owego, NY, who was assessed at the scene and was not taken to hospital.

Authorities did not provide information on the conditions of the occupants of the Dodge Charger. The soldiers are also not disclosing information about the cause of the accident.

Friday morning conditions were mostly clear and dry across the region.

The state police news release says members of the New York State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigations and Collision Reconstruction Unit responded to the scene. Troopers were assisted by the Broome County Sheriff’s Department, Broome Volunteer Emergency Team, Superior Ambulance, Conklin Fire and the Broome County EMS Coordinator.

The accident is still under investigation.

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