On December 12, 2023, at approximately 12:50 p.m., New York State Police in Ithaca responded to an accident involving three vehicles on West Danby Road near Piper Road in the Town of Newfield.

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According to New York State Police, a Jeep Patriot, and a Toyota Yaris were traveling north on West Danby Road. The driver of the Jeep Patriot stopped for a car that was turning ahead of it while the Toyota Yaris collided with it from behind. After the impact, the Toyota veered off into oncoming traffic and collided with a Cadillac CT6.

The passenger riding in the Toyota Yaris, identified as 17-year-old Peyton C. Shaw, a resident of Waverly, NY, was pronounced dead at the site of the accident. The driver of the vehicle, 18-year-old Dale T. Beeman, from Spencer, NY, was immediately airlifted to Robert Packer for further treatment of life-threatening injuries.

The driver of the Jeep Patriot was identified as 40-year-old Aristopher D. Bo, of Waverly, NY, while the driver of the Cadillac CT6 was identified as 29-year-old Stephen M. Lucente of Spencer, NY. Both drivers escaped unscathed. EMS checked the drivers at the scene, but neither required transportation to local hospitals.

The accident resulted in a road closure of West Danby for almost six hours in both directions. Traffic was rerouted through local roads.

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