UPDATE:  01/27/2022  5:09pm  A child involved in the crash has now passed away from injuries sustained in the incident.

New York Police say four-year-old Kaylynn Mendez passed away on January 26, 2022.  She was the passenger in the Dodge Challenger involved in the crash that took place in the Town of Conklin on January 21st.

Police say the investigation is continuing.

UPDATE:  01/24/2022  11:00pm  Details about the cause of the crash have not yet been released.

However, State Police have identified the driver of the Chevrolet Silverado as 53-year-old Christopher M. Davidson, Owego, New York.  He was evaluated at the scene and not hospitalized.

The driver of the Dodge Charger is identified as 36-year-old Michael L. McDonald of Conklin, New York.  He was brought to Wilson Hospital to be treated for his injuries.

According to the NYSP, the passengers in the Charger are being identified as:


  • Victoria M. Wilcox, age 28 of Conklin, NY who was flown to Upstate.
  • Keaton McDonald, age 14 of Conklin, NY who was flown to Upstate
  • Zoe P. Grems, age 13 of Conklin, NY who was transported to Wilson Hospital
  • Kaylynn Mendez, age 4 of Binghamton, NY who was transported to Wilson Hospital

Original Story:

Police are still investigating a serious crash that took place in Conklin, New York on Friday, January 21, 2022.

New York State Police from the Binghamton barracks say they responded to the call in the morning at approximately 9:19am after receiving a report of a crash near Ketchum Road.

Police say a two-car crash occurred on Murphy Road near the intersection of Ketchum Road.  The two vehicles involved in the crash were a 2008 Dodge Charger and a 2014 Chevy Silverado.

Murphy Road and Ketchum Road in Conklin, New York Photo Credit: Google Maps 2022
Murphy Road and Ketchum Road in Conklin, New York Photo Credit: Google Maps 2022

The New York State Police says, "All of the occupants in the Dodge Charger sustained serious injuries.  The driver was transported by ambulance to Wilson Medical Center.  Two passengers were flown by LifeNet for treatment at Upstate University Hospital.  Two other passengers were transported to Wilson Medical Center."

The driver of the Chevy Silverado was, according to troopers, evaluated at the scene by paramedics and was bot brought to a hospital.

The New York State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) and the Collision Reconstruction Unit responded to the scene.  The State Police says that the crash remains under investigation.  There is no information available of factors involved that may have played a part in the crash.  The condition of those hospitalized is not known at this time.

The Broome County Sheriff’s Department, Broome Volunteer Emergency Squad, Superior Ambulance, Conklin Fire Department, and the Broome County EMS Coordinator assisted New York State Police at the scene.

[EDITOR'S NOTE:  This post is for informational purposes and is based largely on information from the New York State Police.  At the time of this posting no additional information is available.]

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