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PRESS RELEASE - Motor vehicle accident on Higby Road, 2 hospitalized

The New Hartford Police Department issued a press release on their Facebook page regarding a motor vehicle accident that happened August 16th on Higby road in New Hartford.

On August 16th at about 7:15 AM, The New Hartford Police Department responded to a personal injury motor vehicle accident on Higby Rd. Mariamu Muya, 22, of Utica was operating her 2015 Jeep Cherokee in a Northerly direction on Chapman Road. Muya did not stop for the flashing red traffic signal at the Higby Road intersection which caused her to collide with a 2019 Ford Explorer that was traveling East on Higby Road being operated by Thomas Grace, 35, of New Hartford and his juvenile passenger.

As a result of the initial collision, Grace’s vehicle left the roadway and eventually became engulfed in fire.

Muya, Grace, and the juvenile passenger were transported to a local hospital for minor injuries. Muya was issued traffic tickets returnable to New Hartford Court at a later date. New Hartford Fire Dept., Edwards Ambulance, and the New Hartford DPW assisted on scene.

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