A 52-year-old woman died from injuries she suffered during a two-car accident on a portion of the state Thruway that passes through Montezuma, state police said Friday.

Debra Whiting, of Hector, was extricated from a 1985 Volkswagen Thursday after the car she was a passenger in collided with a 2004 Buick at 8:15 p.m., troopers said.

Whiting was transported to Auburn Memorial Hospital where she passed away, troopers said.

Police said the Volkswagen, driven by David Whiting, 47, was westbound on the Thruway when it moved into the passing lane and struck the Buick, which was also in the passing lane, troopers said.

The Volkswagen went off the north shoulder of the road, overturned and struck a tree, and the Buick, driven by Ian Bolinksi, 18, of Nedrow, overturned in the median, troopers said.

David Whiting, and a passenger in the Buick, Frank Pecoraro Jr., 47, of Lafayette, were transported to Upstate University Hospital with laceration injuries, troopers said.

According to hospital officials, Pecoraro is listed in fair condition and no information was available for David Whiting.

The investigation is ongoing, troopers said.

Debra Whiting was the co-owner and a chef at Red Newt Cellars winery and bistro in Hector.

Dozens of condolences were left on the winery's Facebook page as of 3:13 p.m.

Someone from the winery posted: "We are saddened to mourn the loss of our Co-Owner and Executive Chef, Debra Whiting. The support of family and friends has been overwhelming - thank you all."

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