Two Dead, One Injured in Newfield Head-On Crash

Written By: Renata Stiehl
Two Dead, One Injured in Newfield Head-On Crash

     NEWFIELD, NY (WENY) -- Authorities released the names of the three people involved in a fatal head-on collision yesterday afternooon on Route 13 in Newfield.
     State police identify the victims as 56-year-old Pamela Klemme of Syracuse, 83-year-old Seymour Smidt of Ithaca, and 87-year-old Ruth Schwartz of Ithaca. Authorities say Klemme was driving south on Route 13 a little before 4PM, when she drove into the northbound lane, and hit the car being driven by Smidt, who's passenger was Schwartz.

     Klemme and Schwartz, were both taken to Cayuga Medical Center, where they died. Smidt is in Robert Packer hospital in critical condition.
     The accident shut down the road for several hours, and backed up traffic for miles. Police continue to investigate the cause of the crash.