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Alcohol and excessive speed blamed on Orleans County crash sending man to hospital

GAINES – An Albion man was taken by Mercy Flight to Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester late Saturday afternoon, after his 2007 Hummer crossed into the oncoming lane and collided with another vehicle on Route 98 in Orleans County, sheriff’s officials reported.

The accident occurred shortly after 5:30 p.m. in the Town of Gaines, at the five-corners intersection of Routes 98/Oak Orchard Road and 279/Gaines Road, authorities said.

The driver of the Hummer, David W. Kuhns, 38, is facing drunken driving and other charges. He is recovering in satisfactory condition, according to the sheriff department. The driver of the other vehicle, Michael J. Pommerening, 56, of Kent, was treated for his injuries at the scene.

Deputies said the Hummer HU3 was traveling at a high rate of speed when it collided with the other vehicle, left the road, became airborne and overturned. The vehicle then hit some shrubbery before becoming airborne a second time, striking a tree while still in the air.

The Hummer came to rest in an upright position in a clump of trees and Kuhns was extricated by Albion firefighters.