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Auburn woman in deadly four-car Sennett accident still in critical condition

Auburn woman in deadly four-car Sennett accident still in critical condition


A New York State Police accident reconstruction team works the scene of a multiple vehicle accident on Route 20 in Sennett.

An Auburn woman was in critical condition Thursday with head and chest injuries after a deadly four-car accident on Route 20 in the town of Sennett Wednesday.

New York State Police Investigator Anthony Gower said 29-year-old Ashley M. Hester was transported to Upstate University Hospital Wednesday following the accident that killed 30-year-old Joseph S. Raymond. Hester had been traveling with Raymond, whose driver's license said he lived in Henderson, Nevada. Police said he had recently moved back to Auburn. The hospital confirmed Thursday morning that Hester was in critical condition. 

The accident occurred around 7:49 a.m. when Raymond lost control of his vehicle in the eastbound lane on Route 20, according to a release. He swerved into the path of 46-year-old Lisa Weiss in the westbound lane, hitting her car. Raymond's vehicle spun out, hitting another eastbound vehicle. A fourth vehicle swerved into a ditch to avoid the crash.

State police said Raymond was pronounced dead at the scene. Weiss, of Skaneateles, was was taken to Upstate University Hospital with a head injury. The second hit westbound vehicle was operated by 52-year-old Barbara Brillo, of Skaneateles. She was taken to Auburn Community Hospital for minor injuries. Both drivers have since been released from the hospital, Gower said.

Roads were snow-covered Wednesday morning as snow squalls passed through the area. Gower said bad weather "played a factor for sure." The Cayuga County Sheriff's Office had also issued a travel advisory at that time. 

Police said the investigation is ongoing.

Staff writer Gwendolyn Craig can be reached at (315) 282-2237 or Follow her on Twitter @gwendolynnn1.


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