Owasco crash

Emergency crews respond to a two-vehicle crash Wednesday night on East Lake Road in Owasco.

One person was killed and another was injured in a two-vehicle crash near a popular eatery in Owasco Wednesday night. 

The Cayuga County Sheriff's Office said the crash occurred at about 9:41 p.m. on East Lake Road, which is also Route 38A. 

Chloe Calhoun, 18, of Auburn was driving a 2005 Ford Escape and had just exited the Tom Thumb Drive In parking lot. Her vehicle was heading north when it was struck from behind by a 2013 Chevy Avalanche operated by Dain Schneider, 33, of Owasco. 

Calhoun, a 2016 Auburn High School graduate, was transported to Auburn Community Hospital and then airlifted to Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse, where she died as a result of the injuries sustained in the crash. 

Schneider was transported to Upstate University Hospital and is being treated for non-life threatening injuries, authorities said. 

The sheriff's office said the drivers were the only occupants in their respective vehicles. Investigators said they could not immediately comment on what factors may have contributed to the crash, saying the investigation was continuing.

The speed limit along the two-lane stretch road by Tom Thumb, where vehicles frequently enter and exit the parking lot, is 55 mph.

The sheriff's office asks anyone who witnessed the crash or either vehicle prior to the accident to contact Detective Brian Schenck at (315) 253-3545. 

The stretch of road near Tom Thumb was also the site of a fatal crash on July 11, 1979. Carmela Galbato, wife of longtime drive-in owner Thomas Galbato, was struck by a drunk driver while walking from the family's nearby home to the restaurant.

Thomas Galbato has spent many years raising awareness about drunk driving dangers through an organization called CARM (Curb Alcohol Related Mortalities).

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