New Hartford Police have charged a Vernon Center man with traffic violations that resulted in the death of a New Hartford woman. Police say, 75-year-old Diane Schafer of New Hartford died from injuries sustained in the accident on Sunday evening.

Police say, a Chevrolet HHR being operated by 64-year-old Judson Chandler of Vernon Center, was traveling westbound on Seneca Turnpike in the right lane when Chandler began to make a U-Turn from the right lane. While doing so, Chandler’s vehicle was struck by a Kia Soul traveling westbound that was in the left lane approaching Chandler’s vehicle from behind. The Kia Soul was being operated by Schafer of New Hartford. Officers interviewed witnesses and New Hartford Police Department evidence technicians processed the collision scene and collected evidence. 

Police sat Schafer was transported from the scene by Edwards Ambulance to St Elizabeth’s Hospital with serious injuries. Unfortunately, later yesterday evening Schafer succumbed to her injuries while at the hospital. 

The investigation into the August 13th, 2023 Fatal Motor Vehicle Collision has concluded. After careful review and consideration of all available evidence as well as analysis of other data related to this collision which was processed by investigators, operator Judson Chandler was charged with violation of NYS Vehicle and Traffic Law sections 1161(a) - improper U-turn, and 1128(a)-moving from lane unsafely. Our thoughts go out to the Schafer Family for their loss.

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