Crash kills West Chester couple on snowy NY road

Photo courtesy the Utica Observer-Dispatch

December 29, 2010 9:30:59 AM PST
A Pennsylvania couple has been killed in a crash that authorities say was caused by driving too fast on a snow-covered upstate New York road.

The Oneida County Sheriff's Office says 52-year-old Richard Holmes of West Chester, Pa., was traveling with his wife and two daughters when he lost control of his 2002 Honda Civic, skidded into the oncoming lane and collided with a 1995 Buick Park Avenue early Tuesday afternoon.

Holmes and his 49-year-old wife Kristin were pronounced dead at the scene. Authorities tell the Utica Observer-Dispatch that both were wearing seat belts.

Their daughters - age 12 and 15 - are with relatives after initially being taken to a local hospital. The driver of the other car had chest, back and wrist pain.

The girls are both students of the West Chester Area School District. One attends B. Reed Henderson High School in the 9th grade, and one is a student at Peirce Middle School in the 7th grade.

The accident happened about 40 miles east of Syracuse.

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Additional reporting by The Utica Observer-Dispatch


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