Pair escape serious injuries going wrong way on Route 12

Published Jan 10, 2017 at 4:00pm

TOWN OF DEERFIELD — An 80-year-old driver and her 84-year-old passenger both walked away without serious injury after law enforcers said they were driving the wrong way down Route 12 Monday afternoon.

Sheriff’s deputies said Dolores M. Ganim, of Gardner Street, thought she was driving eastbound on the Parkway in Utica and did not know how she ended up instead going southbound in the northbound lane of Route 12 at about 6 p.m. Monday. Deputies said Ganim narrowly avoided head-on crashes with several vehicles.

Deputies said Ganim’s car veered off the west shoulder and hit a guard rail, then spun back across the roadway, narrowly missing two more vehicles. Her car came to rest in a ditch between Route 12 and Horatio Street.

Ganim suffered a cut lip, but otherwise she and passenger Henrietta Calenzo, 84, of Utica, were not injured, authorities said. Air-bags deployed during the crash.

Ganim was ticketed for driving the wrong way on a highway and is scheduled to appear in Town Court, authorities said.