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UPDATE: Driver Arrested Following Crash That Injured Three



Charges have been filed against one of the drivers involved in Tuesday’s two-car accident in Phelps that sent three people to the hospital.

28-year-old Leodan Vargas, of Syracuse, was arrested on a charge of criminal possession of a forged instrument.

After being released from Strong Memorial Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries, Vargas was brought to the Ontario County Jail to await arraignment.

Three Syracuse men were airlifted to Strong Memorial Hospital following a two-car collision in Phelps Tuesday morning.

Police say 28-year-old Leodan Vargas was driving west on Cross Road at around 8 o’clock when he failed to yield at the intersection of County Road 6 to a northbound tractor-trailer driven by 35-year-old Matthew Purdy of Clyde. Purdy was unable to avoid the collision and struck the Dodge Avenger Vargas was driving.

Vargas and his two passengers, 30-year-old Miguel Cruz-Diaz and 27-year-old Ernesto Guellen-Farias suffered non-life-threatening injuries and Purdy refused treatment at the scene.

The Ontario County Sheriff’s Office’s investigation into the accident is ongoing.

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