SILVER CREEK – Three people remained in the trauma intensive care unit at Erie County Medical Center late Saturday, one day after suffering serious injuries in a two-vehicle crash here, according to the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office and a hospital official.
They were among five people injured Friday evening when a car crossed over into oncoming traffic and hit another vehicle on Route 5 near Route 20.
Shortly after 6 p.m. Friday, deputies received a report of a vehicle leaving the scene of a property damage accident in Silver Creek. They located the vehicle traveling eastbound on Route 5 and attempted to stop it, but the driver, identified Saturday as Jeffrey B. Thompson, 54, of Irving, failed to stop and, instead, drove into oncoming traffic and hit another vehicle, sheriff’s deputies said.
Thompson and two passengers – Kelly S. Larosa, 51, of Silver Creek, and Francine E. Twoguns-Jimerson, 54, of Salamanca – were flown to ECMC by Starflight and Mercy Flight. Thompson was in critical condition in ECMC’s trauma ICU, while Larosa and Twoguns-Jimerson were in serious condition there.
The driver and passenger in the westbound vehicle – Francisco J. Padilla, 50, and Samaly Padilla, 33, both of Dunkirk – were taken to Lake Shore Health Care Center in Irving, where they were treated and released.
The investigation into the crash continues and charges are pending, the Sheriff’s Office said late Saturday.