17-Year-Old Dies In New York Buggy Crash

Via Syracuse.com:

Georgetown, N.Y. — An Amish teenager died Tuesday after his buggy was hit by an SUV in Madison County.

Rudy M. Hershberger, of Earlville, was pronounced dead at Community Memorial Hospital in Hamilton hospital shortly after the crash, the New York State Police said. He was 17 years old.

The accident happened around 5:15 p.m. on state Route 26 in Georgetown.

Hershberger was headed south in his horse-drawn buggy when he was rear-ended by a 2015 Chevrolet Equinox, troopers said. He was thrown from the buggy, troopers said, and landed on the shoulder of the road.

The teenager was transported to Community Memorial Hospital in Hamilton and pronounced dead.

Photo via New York State Police

The 19-year-old driver of the vehicle passed impairment tests. She did not see the buggy until impact. The accident remains under investigation. The horse survived.

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  1. Margaret

    Impairment test

    Those sobriety tests don’t always tell the truth. As a kid, my next door neighbor was more coordinated drunk than when he was sober. Don’t know the laws in New York…but in my state, you can be convicted of drunk driving even under .08. A urine test or blood test would’ve shown if they were impaired or not.

  2. Sharon Thomas

    York buggy accident

    Praying for the victims and their families.