Two Greenfield residents injured in Leyden accident

Staff Writer
Published: 2/14/2020 10:52:50 PM
Modified: 2/14/2020 10:52:37 PM

LEYDEN — Two Greenfield residents were taken to Baystate Franklin Medical Center Friday night following an accident on East Hill Road.

According to Leyden Police Sgt. Tina Riddell, the driver, Kailee Stovall, was driving a red Chevrolet sedan north along East Hill Road when the vehicle slid off the left side of the dirt road and into a gully. The accident occurred at roughly 7:20 p.m.

Stovall injured her right shoulder, Riddell said. The passenger, Avias Politis, suffered an injured leg.

“I’m presuming the leg injury might have been a break,” Riddell said. Both of the Greenfield residents are in their 20s.

Riddell added there was a puppy in the sedan, which was uninjured. She said Stovall’s father came to the accident scene to retrieve the puppy.

Riddell said Stovall claimed she swerved to avoid a deer.

“As far as we can tell, they went off the road and continued about 120 feet (in the gully) before stopping,” Riddell explained.

The right tire tracks of the sedan were visible on the edge of the road, and the left tire made a track in the gully. The vehicle came to a stop after hitting a bank, sustaining heavy front-end damage.

“They traveled through the water and hit the side bank, which probably deployed all the air bags at that point,” Riddell continued.

Due to the distance traveled into the gully, Riddell said she suspected the sedan was moving at a significant speed.

American Medical Response (AMR) and Greenfield EMS transported both Stovall and Politis to Baystate Franklin in Greenfield to be treated.

Zack DeLuca can be reached at zdeluca@recorder.com or 413-930-4579.




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