‘Fooling around’ cited in crash

A scary head on crash on Potter Avenue sent both drivers to the hospital and resulted in several tickets for one.

Peter J. Penor Jr., 16, of DeKalb Road was ticketed for speeding in a school zone, using prohibited (studded) tires, failing to keep right and not wearing a seatbelt after the crash that took place just after the high school let out for the day.

Police said Penor was seen swerving, or what witnesses described to them as “fooling around,” when he left the parking lot of Granville High School following another vehicle east.

At the same time student Sara Harrison of Wells, Vt., 16, was traveling west towards the school when Penor traveled into the oncoming lane and struck her red Jeep Compass.

Numerous witnesses reported Penor traveling at a high rate of speed before either moving to pass or swerve around the vehicle in front of him before crossing into Harrison’s lane of travel and striking her vehicle.

Penor received a cut over his eye and was taken to Rutland Regional Medical Center. Harrison received a bruised foot as well as bruises from the seatbelt and airbag deployment. Penor was ordered to appear in court at a later date.

Both vehicles were heavily damaged and towed from the scene by Warner’s Auto. Granville EMS, Granville Engine and Hose, Granville Hook & Ladder and Granville Police responded to the scene.

There were more than a dozen witnesses to the accident, including many Granville students walking home from school.

Harrison, a senior volleyball player, was able to return to school Monday following minor injuries. But she was not able to in the team’s “Ace For the Cure” tournament Saturday.

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