Police Lights Night Connecticut Generic - Fatal Crash In Tioga County, N.Y.: Truck Rear-Ends Car That Struck Deer On State Route 17/Interstate 86

A Sayre woman was critically injured and a child in her car was killed Sunday evening when a tractor-trailer plowed into the back of her vehicle on state Route 17 in Tioga County, N.Y., while she was slowing down after striking a deer.

The truck was driven by 66-year-old Volodymyr Frolyak of Ontario, Canada, who was not injured. The Tioga County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division continues to investigate this tragic crash that has devastated a Tioga County family.

The crash was at about 6:45 p.m. Sunday evening in the eastbound lanes of State Route 17/Interstate 86, about 2.5 miles east of Exit 61. Anyone who witnessed the crash should call investigators at 607-687-1010.

The driver of the vehicle that was struck, Darlene L. Allen of Sayre, is in critical condition at Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre.

A 7-year-old passenger, Zachary D. Allen of Owego, died at the scene shortly after the crash, deputies said. His 11-year-old sister, Trinity G. Allen, suffered severe brain injuries and was airlifted to Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse.

On Wednesday, Robert Allen of Owego, the father of Zachary and Trinity, wrote on a GoFundMe page set up to help his family that Trinity had no brain activity. The family has decided to donate Trinity’s organs so “hopefully Trinity can live on and give another child an opportunity to live a fulfilling life,” he wrote.

Zachary was a second-grader at Owego Elementary School. Trinity was a sixth-grader at Owego Apalachin Middle School.

A third passenger, 5-year-old Nathan G. Slater of Sayre, was treated at Robert Packer Hospital and released.

As we see over and over throughout the Twin Tiers, tractor-trailer collisions are often deadly collisions.Too often, truck drivers are speeding, careless, exhausted from driving too many hours or distracted by technology In this case, the tractor-trailer was either following too closely, speeding, not paying attention or a combination of all of those  There is no way that a collision should have occurred on a two-lane divided highway under these circumstances.

Our hearts go out to the entire Allen family. We can’t imagine what they must be going through. Despite these horrific events, the Allen family has chosen to turn this tragedy into a miracle for other families waiting on a life-saving organ donation. Because of their selfless act, other children will receive the gift of life that was stolen from young Trinity.

Thank you for reading,

Adam Gee
Partner, Ziff Law Firm