Passenger injured in Route 5 crash

Published Jul 17, 2017 at 4:00pm

TOWN OF WESTMORELAND — A passenger was hospitalized after a two-vehicle collision at the intersection of Routes 5 and 233 Sunday afternoon, according to local law enforcement investigators.

Sheriff’s deputies said Maria Neporanny, 73, of Utica, was stopped in the intersection facing east at 3 p.m., waiting to turn north onto Route 233.

Deputies said Jordon Smith, 20, of Clinton, was eastbound and was distracted by another passing motorist.

Authorities said Smith’s vehicle collided with Neporanny’s and Smith was ticketed.

A passenger in Smith’s vehicle, 21-year-old Carleigh Hughes, was taken to St. Luke’s Hospital in New Hartford for minor injuries, deputies stated.