Speed blamed in Vernon crash

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TOWN OF VERNON — A 26-year-old woman was hospitalized after witnesses said she was speeding at more than 90 mph along Route 5 on Sunday, according to law enforcement officials.

Sheriff’s deputies said Deondra Skermont, of Utica, was traveling at unreasonable speeds eastbound on Route 5 shortly after noon on Sunday when she lost control of her Honda Civic on a curve in the roadway. According to witnesses in the area, deputies said Skermont had been traveling at likely more than 90 mph ahead of the crash. Deputies said she was also spotted driving mostly in the center turning lane and nearly striking several other vehicles.

Deputies said the Honda went off the north shoulder and hit both an embankment and a National Grid vent pipe, causing the vehicle to become airborne. Deputies said the Honda flew about 100 feet through the air before crashing down and rolling over one time, coming to rest upright.

Skermont suffered head injuries and was treated at St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Utica, authorities said. Skermont was ticketed for unreasonable speed, failure to keep right, reckless operation and no seat belt, deputies stated. She is scheduled to appear in Town Court.

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