Two teenagers were injured, one seriously, when their car collided with a pickup truck that was responding to a crash in South Byron Friday night.
Genesee County sheriff’s deputies said Vitorrio Muoio, 18, was driving west on Lyman Road just before 9 p.m. when he failed to yield the right of way at the stop sign at West Bergen Road. His car slammed into a pickup truck driven by James McKenzie Jr., 52.
McKenzie, an assistant chief and past chief with the South Byron Fire Department, was responding to a crash on Townline and Tripp roads in South Byron.
The collision sent McKenzie’s truck off the road and into a field.
Muoio’s car was heavily damaged. He suffered head injuries and was taken by Mercy Flight to Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester. Deputies said he was not wearing a seat belt.
His passenger, Andrew Konieczny, 19, was taken by ambulance to Strong. He also suffered head injuries.
Muoio was listed in guarded condition in Strong’s intensive care unit as of 10:30 Saturday morning. Konieczny was listed in satisfactory condition.
Bergen Fire Chief Garrett Dean said both teens were conscious at the scene and were talking to emergency responders.
He said McKenzie was “checked off” at the scene and did not suffer any injuries.
McKenzie had his red emergency light activated on his truck at the time of the crash.
Deputies said Muoio was charged with failure to yield, failure to yield to an emergency vehicle and seat belt violations. McKenzie faced no charges in the crash.
In South Byron, state police were investigating the crash that McKenzie was responding to. Troopers said an 18-year-old boy drove off Townline Road and hit a utility pole. He was injured but troopers did not release any other information about his condition or the extent of injuries. Emergency dispatchers Friday night said the injuries were not believe to be serious, however.