A woman, her unborn child and a 16-year-old girl died Friday in a pair of traffic accidents that police said appeared weather-related.
A collision in the Cattaraugus County Town of Machias involving two cars and a tractor-trailer claimed the lives of Penny Hodnett, 42, of Delevan, and her unborn child, state police said. Hodnett was eight months pregnant.
Hodnett was driving north on Route 16 when she apparently lost control of the car in snowy conditions and collided with a southbound tractor-trailer driven by Richard W. Wise, 38, of Chicora, Pa. Troopers said the collision forced Hodnett's car back into the northbound lane, where it collided with another northbound car driven by Megan Knight, 19, of Machias.
A passenger in Hodnett's car, Samantha Perry, 2, of Delevan, was taken to Children's Hospital in Buffalo for treatment, troopers said. Samantha was listed in fair condition Friday night.
The relationship between the toddler and Hodnett could not be learned.
Troopers said neither Wise nor Knight was injured in the accident, which occurred at about 11 a.m.
In the Wyoming County Town of Java, a Wellsville teen died when the car her mother was driving collided with a pickup truck at about 9:30 a.m., Wyoming County Sheriff's deputies said.
Carol A. Williams, 42, of Pearl Street, Wellsville, was driving north on Route 77, just north of Java Center, when she apparently tried to pass a tractor-trailer, deputies said. During the attempt she saw an oncoming pickup truck and attempted to return to her lane of travel.
Williams' car spun out of control on the ice- and snow-covered road and collided with a southbound pickup driven by James Scripp, 33, of Varysburg.
Yvonne Williams, 16, suffered head trauma, deputies said. She was taken to Wyoming County Community Hospital, where she died shortly after arrival. Her mother, who suffered head and neck injuries, was admitted to the same hospital in fair condition.
Neither Scripp nor his 6-month-old son, Jesse, was injured. Deputies noted that Jesse was properly secured in a child safety seat.