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Police Continue to Investigate Head-On Crash Caused By Wrong Way Driver

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Rochester: Police Continue to Investigate Head-On Crash Caused By Wrong Way Driver
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Two men remain in guarded condition following a head-on crash on Interstate 390 in Brighton. State Police say the driver of one of the cars, 38-year-old Mario Carlenuis, was driving the wrong way. He, and the driver of the other car, 20-year-old Stanislov Dutchak, are both at Strong Hospital.

It was a violent crash.

"As you can imagine, it was a very difficult scene,” said Trooper Mark O’Donnell of the New York State Police.

One which left two men with serious injuries.

"When the two cars collided head-on, debris was everywhere."

A wreck, say State Troopers, caused by a driver going the wrong way.

"In this case he just didn't pull over, so we didn't know exactly what we had."

At the time it happened, Troopers were following the car driven by Mario Carlenius of Rochester. He was driving south in the northbound lane of Route 590.

"Wasn't a pursuit, wasn't a chase. He was driving around the speed limit, he just wouldn't pull over."

O'Donnell says that lasted about five minutes. As Carlenius approached the 390 split, he slammed head on into a car driven by Stanislov Dutchak of Hilton.

Troopers say the first call they received was that someone was driving the wrong way on 590 near Empire Boulevard. Eventually, four Troopers joined the pursuit, but they were unable to get the driver to stop.

"The troopers that attempted to stop the motorist were put in a very dangerous situation too because they were driving the wrong way against traffic, even though they had their lights and siren on, and their spotlights, trying to get the motorist to pull over."

Investigators can't say whether drugs or alcohol played a role in the crash. Because of the seriousness of the injuries investigators weren't able to talk to either driver.

"We're looking into everything. We're not going to rule anything out right now."

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