GAINES, N.Y. (WIVB) – The Orleans County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a fatal crash in the Town of Gaines.
Officials say they received the report of the crash on State Route 104 on Thursday at 6:49 a.m.
After arriving at the scene, deputies located a car on its roof in a creek submerged in five to six feet of water.
Further investigation revealed the car hit and killed a deer. After striking the deer, the car swerved left, skid, crossed both lanes of traffic and went over a guard rail. The car also went down an embankment, struck a culvert, rolled on its roof, and became submerged completely.
The driver, 21-year-old Brooke E. Allen of Lyndonville and passenger 20-year-old Richard Forder of Albion, were both pronounced dead at the scene by the Orleans County Coroner.
“We’re not sure if they were unconscious or conscious, or they couldn’t get the doors open, we don’t have that information yet,” said Christopher Bourke, undersheriff of Orleans County.
Police often advise drivers to try to avoid swerving when there are deer in the road. This this appears to be a case of the car hitting the deer and then going off the road, in a moment where the timing and the exact location couldn’t have been worse.
“It’s just a small creek,” said Bourke. “There was all kinds of areas where, if this chain of events wouldn’t have happened the way it did exactly, you not have ended up in this creek. It’s a horrible, tragic chain of events that led to the deaths of these two folks.”
Both Allen and Forder were transported to the Monroe County Medical Examiner’s Office.
The Sheriff’s Office and New York State Police are continuing to investigate and will provide updates as more information becomes available.