Car skids 150 feet in Route 840 collision; four others ticketed violating police lines

NEW HARTFORD — Police cars blocking the road and rescue personnel clearing a rollover accident were apparently not enough indication that a portion of Route 840 was closed Thursday afternoon.

Four different drivers were ticketed in the span of one hour after law enforcers said they drove around the police cars and into the accident scene.

The driver that caused the two-vehicle collision, Lisa C. Doesburg, 49, of Amsterdam in Montgomery County, was ticketed for making an illegal U-turn and for making an unsafe lane change, police said. Doesburg was westbound on Route 840 near Commercial Drive at 5:39 p.m. when authorities said she made an improper U-turn from the driving lane, cutting off an oncoming car in the passing lane.

Police said the other westbound driver, Francisca W. Sherman, 20, of New Hartford, collided with Doesburg’s vehicle. The collision caused Sherman’s car to roll onto its side, where it skidded across the median and then across three eastbound lanes of Route 840. The vehicle finally came to rest on its side on the south shoulder.

The car traveled about 150 feet after the crash.

Sherman suffered multiple injuries, and responding firefighters used hydraulic tools to cut the roof off her car. She was freed from the vehicle and was treated and released from St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Utica, medical officials stated.

Doesburg was not injured, authorities said. She was ticketed for the crash.

The eastbound lanes of Route 840 were closed for about one hour between Commercial Drive and the North/South Arterial while crews worked to investigate the crash and clean up the wreckage. However, police said four different drivers simply ignored the police cars that were used as barricades and drove onto the accident scene.

The four were ticketed for failure to comply: Patrick D. Comeskey, 74, of Utica; Mansur Rafizadeh, 81, of Forestport; Kathy L. Brown, 48, of Prospect; and Casey D. Logana, 29, of North Syracuse. They are all scheduled to appear in Town Court.