Carthage Man Critically Injured In Wilna Crash

Carthage Man Critically Injured In Wilna Crash

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A 22 year old Carthage man was critically injured in Wednesday's crash in the Jefferson County town of Wilna.

State police said David Baker was traveling southbound on County Route 41 when his Jeep left the road and struck a steel wheel driveway marker.  

The driver’s side door then fell off the vehicle. The Jeep then side swiped a utility pole and traffic sign before re-entering the roadway, police said.  

According to troopers, the vehicle continued another 2.8 miles southbound on County Route 41 and failed to stop at the stop sign at the intersection of County Route 40.  The vehicle then drove through the intersection across County Route 40 and struck an earth embankment. 

Baker was ejected from the vehicle before it came to rest approximately 130 feet off the roadway.  He was transported by Fort Drum Helicopter to Samaritan Medical Center in Watertown and was listed in critical condition, police said.

There was no word on what caused Baker to leave the road or at what point he was thrown from the Jeep. However, police said alcohol may have been a factor in the crash.

The investigation is continuing.

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