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It was a bizarre scene.

Witnesses say a woman walked out into traffic last night at the corner of East Main and Elm near the Wilson Farms store. They said it appeared the woman was trying to get hit by a car.  
On her second attempt, she did.
The woman has been identified only as 49-years-old and from LeRoy.
She was taken to Strong Memorial Hospital by Mercy Flight.Her condition this morning was unknown.
Batavia Police Sergeant John Peck quoted witnesses as saying the woman wandered out into the road, returned to the curb, and walked out a second time into the path of an oncoming car and was struck by the vehicle.
A similar incident with no serious injury, was reported earlier yesterday on West Main Street. 
Authorities are checking to see if the same woman was involved in both.

400 mourners gathered to say goodbye to an Iraq war veteran who died last week at Darien Lake Amusement Park.  
The Gowanda Assembly of God Church was packed for the funeral of former Army sergeant James Hackemer.  
Hackemer, who lost both legs while serving in Iraq three years ago, fell to his death last Friday after he was ejected from the Ride of Steel roller coaster.  
Hackemer will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery later this summer.

The State Department of Corrections is investigating the death of an inmate at the Genesee County Jail.
 42-year-old Nikko C. Gambino of Covington died a week ago today after becoming ill in his cell.  
Sheriff Gary Maha said that during a routine check, Gambino gestured to jail guards he was OK. Minutes later he was unresponsive, taken to UMMC and died. 
Gambino was known to have symptoms of drug withdrawal.
There is no indication of foul play in the death.
Just two weeks ago, Gambino reported to the jail for a weekend and was arrested on suspicion that he was smuggling drugs.

The Genesee County Sheriff's Office reports 28-year-old Mark Tooley of Stafford has been charged with a felony count of Driving While Impaired by Drugs.
Tooley was stopped on Route 33 in Bergen following a call from a citizen that Tooley had been driving erratically.
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# Vanessa
Sunday, July 17, 2011 2:35 AM
They said it appeared the woman was trying to get hit by a car.

On her second attempt, she did.

A little insensitive, considering her family and all. I understand your world revolves around reporting news, but maybe you should know facts before you pass judgements.
Thank You
# Dan Fischer
Sunday, July 17, 2011 12:14 PM
Our account was based on witness statements and confirmed by police.
Please note "Batavia Sunday News" from Sunday, July 17.
This was a tragedy.
I believe we handed it with sensitivity.
We probably would never have used the story if it had not occured in a public place with so many witnesses. Not using an item like this fuels rumors which can be more damaging to the family. We never released the woman's name.
Thank you for your comment.
# Stevo
Sunday, July 17, 2011 2:15 PM
If you want a real story, why did Strong Memorial release her knoing she was suicidal ? They knew this and still released her not once but twice. Now thats a story. Can't wait to hear the answer for that !

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