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Genesee County collision sends 7 to hospital; SUV driver charged with drunken driving

A Corfu man was charged with felony driving while intoxicated after his SUV collided with a minivan at 9 p.m. Thursday at a Town of Stafford intersection, sending seven people to the hospital, the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office reported.

None of the injuries appeared to be life-threatening and all were reported to be in stable condition, according to Strong Memorial Hospital officials.

Jared Flaming, 27, of Corfu, was charged with felony DWI and felony driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.08 percent or more. The sheriff’s office says additional charges are pending against both drivers.

The sheriff’s office said Flaming was driving his SUV north on Transit Road when a westbound minivan driven by Latoya Stanley, 26, of Batavia, apparently stopped at the stop sign at Sweetland Road, but then pulled into the intersection in front of him. Flaming attempted to avoid the collision but couldn’t, and his vehicle struck the minivan on the driver’s side, causing it to overturn and come to rest on its roof, the sheriff reported.

Flaming’s front-seat passenger, Ashley Cornett, 27, of Corfu, sustained a head injury and was taken to Strong Memorial Hospital by Mercy Flight. The sheriff’s office said she was not wearing a seatbelt. Flaming and a second passenger, 26-year-old Katlyn Hahn, of Alden, who was in the back seat, were not injured.

Stanley and her passengers were taken to Strong Memorial Hospital for treatment or evaluation. Mercy Flight transported Markeda Starks, 33, of Rochester, who sat in the front seat. Stanley and the rear-seat passengers, Katrina Drake, 24, of Rochester, and three children, of Batavia, were taken to the hospital by ambulance.

Flaming was arraigned by Stafford Town Justice Robert A. Penepent and released on his own recognizance.

The Stafford Volunteer Fire Department assisted at the scene. Deputy Chad Minuto and Sgt. Ronald Meides of the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office are continuing the investigation.