State police said the driver of the second vehicle crossed the center line and struck and killed the couple.
Killed were Ryan English, 35 years old, and his wife Karen English, 32. Police did not release the conditions of the three children but said they were taken to an area hospital. Reports from social media indicate one child is now at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, NY, where he is expected to stay for the next 3-6 weeks. The other two children have been discharged and are with family.
State police and the county coroner told WETM-TV and the Star-Gazette that Ryan English was driving a 2012 Chevrolet Suburban eastbound on state Route 328 in Wells Township shortly before 5 p.m. Friday when a 2004 Chevrolet Avalanche driven by Roegester Grays, 45, of Lawrenceville, crossed the center line and struck the English vehicle head-on.
Ryan and Karen English were pronounced dead at the scene.
Grays was transported to Arnot Ogden Medical Center in Elmira. Police did not comment on his condition.
All those involved in the accident were wearing seat belts or in child safety seats, police said.
Police also said they are unsure why Grays’ vehicle crossed the center line.
My heart breaks for the English family, the family of Ryan’s wife Karen, and for their three young boys going through this unimaginable tragedy. I was proud to call Ryan a friend – he was the type of man all men should strive to emulate – an intelligent hard worker – a proud father and family man – aware of the importance of his community and country – outgoing and boisterous – quick with a laugh and a smile.
Ryan, a native of Horseheads, NY, will be sadly missed by many, but by none more so than his three young sons. I can’t begin to imagine what this family is going through. Please keep them all in your thoughts.
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