BEMUS POINT – Chautauqua County Sheriff Deputies are asking for the public’s help in identifying a white pick up truck that was involved in a hit-and-run accident along I-86 on the Chautauqua County Veterans Memorial Bridge.
According to a report from the Sheriff’s Office, a chain reaction accident took place after Ryan Houser of Erie was traveling east along I-86 when he came upon a white work truck stopped in the driving lane along the bridge. The driver of the car was unable to stop and rear-ended the truck, which then drove off from the scene.
As Houser’s vehicle sat in the driving lane awaiting for assistance to arrive, a third vehicle, driven by Sharon Hilyer of Clarendon, Pa., came to a complete stop behind Houser’s vehicle. At that time, a fourth vehicle, driven by Jeffrey Schaffhouser of Brighton Michigan, failed to stop in time and collided with Hilyer’s vehicle. A fifth vehicle, driven by Kenneth Sorensen of Russell, Pa., was also unable to avoid accident scene and sideswiped one of the vehicles involved.
Hilyer was taken to WCA hospital for treatment of minor injuries.
The older model white work truck was not able to be located. It is described as an older model, white work truck with a ladder rack on the right hand side. Anyone with information regarding the vehicle is asked to call the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office.