Driver airlifted from Lee crash listed in serious condition


TOWN OF LEE — The driver air-lifted to a Syracuse hospital following a collision with a fuel truck Tuesday morning was listed in serious condition, according to law enforcement officials.

Sheriff’s deputies said Ronnie A. Pendarvis, 57, of Rome, was southbound on Route 26 at about 7:57 a.m. Tuesday when his 2002 Volkswagen Jetta crossed into the northbound lane and sideswiped a fuel tanker. The collision occurred near the intersection with Belcher Road.

Deputies said Pendarvis was seriously injured in the collision and was air-lifted by Mercy Flight helicopter to University Hospital in Syracuse. Medical officials said this morning that Pendarvis remains in serious condition.

Deputies said they are still investigating what caused Pendarvis to lose control of his vehicle.

The driver of the fuel truck, 59-year-old Mitchell A. Blaakman, of McConnellsville, was not injured in the crash, authorities said. Route 26 was closed for several hours while crews worked to clean up the scene. No tickets have been issued so far.


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