The Cayuga County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday released the names of the two people who died Tuesday in a three-vehicle crash on Route 90 in the Town of Montezuma.
Dawn M. Wilder-Smith, 43, of East Loop Road, Port Byron, and Ann L. Eider, 73, of 20 Kendall Street, Clifton Springs, were pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, which occurred around 6 p.m. Tuesday.
According to the sheriff's office, Wilder-Smith, who was driving a 2007 Nissan SUV northbound on Route 90, crossed into the path of a Seneca Falls school bus that was southbound on Route 90 and was carrying 15 students and three adults, including driver James D. Fulkerson, 54, of 112 State St., Seneca Falls.
Wilder-Smith's vehicle, after striking the bus, continued into the southbound land, crashing into a 2011 Kia, driven by Penny L. Eider, 53, of the same address as Ann Eider, who was in the passenger seat. Penny Eider and her back-seat passenger, Roger Eider, 75, Penny Eider's father, were airlifted to University Hospital in Syracuse, where Penny Eider is in good condition and Roger Eider is in serious condition, according to the sheriff's report.
Students on the bus were believed to be returning from a wrestling match in Port Byron.
There were no serious injuries on the school bus; one student was transported to Geneva General Hospital with minor injuries.
According to the sheriff's office, Penny and Ann Eider were wearing seat belts. Wilder-Smith and Roger Eider were not.
It is still unclear why Wilder-Smith veered into the lane of oncoming traffic, and the investigation is continuing. Anyone with information about the crash is asked to call Detective Timothy Axton at 253-1132.