New York Crews Respond to Car into River

An 18-year-old died after he drove his car into the Genesse River in Avon on March 5. The teen drove into the river while fleeing police officers during a high-speed chase.

Police called off the chase after the car entered the Village of Avon. However, they saw the car again, and the driver took off and drove through a farm field. The vehicle went off into the river.

As crews attempted to access the car, they could see that the driver was alert. They did not enter the water because of the fast currents and the icy-cold temperatures.

The car quickly sank into the freezing water as crews from Avon, Caledonia, East Avon, Geneseo, Honeoye Falls, Livonia. Rush and Scottsville converged on the scene with rescue trucks and boats. Several large chunks of ice were seen floating by the car as crews attempted rescue efforts.

Fire and police crews were able to locate the car after 15 minutes. A Livingston County Police diver found the driver's body and removed it. The teen was pronounced dead at an area hospital.

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