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Fairport-E.Rochester Post
  • Fairport child in jet ski crash dies

  • A 3-year-old boy involved in a jet ski crash yesterday has died, the Ontario County sheriff’s office announced a short time ago.


    Sheriff Phil Povero says this is simply a tragic accident.

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  • A 3-year-old boy involved in a jet ski crash yesterday has died, the Ontario County sheriff’s office announced a short time ago.
    Samuel Pierson, 3, of Fairport, died of his injuries at approximately 10:07 p.m. Wednesday at Strong Memorial Hospital, deputies said.
    His mother, Kerry Pierson, 37, was listed in guarded condition this morning at the hospital.
    Rescue crews responded to the Thorndale Beach area at 1:39 p.m. after reports of the crash.
    Deputies said the mother was driving the craft, which witnesses said sped up as it approached the shore and crashed into a concrete breakwall. Witnesses said she flew off the craft and into the yard after impact.
    Sheriff Phil Povero says his investigators do not know why the jet ski accelerated the way it did.
    An initial investigation into the crash found no signs that alcohol or medication contributed to the crash, but deputies are still investigating the crash and plan to speak to Pierson when her condition improves.
    The sheriff says this is simply a tragic accident.
    "We're still unclear as to why this occurred," Sheriff Povero said. "But we're pretty confident at this point that there's no evidence of reckless operation nor any evidence of any involvement of prescription meds or alcoholic beverages."
    Canandaigua Ambulance and Crystal Beach rescue crews initially provided treatment at the scene.
    Both victims were flown by Mercy Flight Center helicopters to Strong.
    Bill Payne lives in one of the cottages near where the jet ski crashed.
    "The skidoo came up by their house and (cottage neighbors) were talking from the water to the people on the skidoo," he said. "All of a sudden this horrendous roar, I mean you know it was coming, I mean you could tell it was the skidoo but it just came barreling right straight down through, it was like it never tried to stop. It was just moving amazingly fast. And then I heard the bang where it hit the wall and I saw the lady actually flip, she went right over. She did like a flip in the air. and she came back down on the ground."
    Payne says he did not see Samuel on the jet ski. He says there were several people swimming in the shallow water near where the jet ski crashed.
    "It was horrendous because I knew they were in the water and they were with their grandchildren and they were playing right in that area and it was just, all I could think of was the number of people that could have been hurt," Payne said.
     
    —Includes reporting by News10NBC
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