A driver was killed and his passenger was injured this morning in a one-vehicle crash in the Orleans County town of Shelby.
David M. Russo, 43, of Stafford, appears to have lost control of his car at about 11:35 a.m. while traveling south on South Gravel Road (Route 63) between Oak Orchard Ridge Road and the county line in the Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge. The 1998 Pontiac sedan crossed the center line and ran off the east side of the road before it overturned in a swampy area, according to the Orleans County Sheriff’s Office.
The Shelby Fire Department pulled the vehicle from the water and firefighters extricated the victims, who were then transported to Medina Memorial Hospital.
Russo died from his injuries; his passenger, Lisa A. Stanley, 40, of LeRoy, was transported to Highland Hospital in Rochester for treatment.
The cause of the crash is being investigated, but the Sheriff’s Office said wintry weather and slippery road conditions were contributing factors.