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Utica tow driver struck, Cooperstown woman ticketed after Schoharie County accident

Unbelievable… another report of a tow truck operator being struck on the side of the road. Please watch out, people, and MOVE OVER! We hope that Austin Pruitt of Southside Towing makes a fast and full recovery!
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SHARON, N.Y. (WKTV) – A tow driver from Utica was injured and a Cooperstown woman ticketed after an accident in Schoharie County on Wednesday [1/4/12] night.
According to Schoharie County Sheriff Tony Desmond, the driver, from Southside Towing on Whitesboro Street in Utica, was loading another vehicle onto his flatbed on Route 20 in the Town of Sharon, just outside of the village.
Sheriff Desmond said that the car being loaded onto the flatbed was then struck by, Elizabeth A. Salerno, 73, of Cooperstown. That car being loaded on the flatbed then struck the tow truck driver, Austin Pruitt, of Southside Towing in Utica. Salerno is then accused of leaving the scene.
Pruitt was taken to Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown via the Sharon Springs Rescue Squad, and was released from the hospital overnight.
Thursday afternoon, Pruitt’s co-workers at Southside Towing said he was “all right, but in a neck brace and in a lot of pain.”
According to Sheriff Desmond, Salerno was ticketed with leaving the scene of a personal injury accident, as well as for not moving over for a tow truck – a new law that took effect in the new year.
Salerno is scheduled to answer those charges in Sharon Town Court on January 18.

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Posted by Cyndi Kight, Associate Editor of Towing and Recovery Footnotes

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