A candlelight vigil was held on Wednesday for the 17-year-old Moravia teen who was badly injured in an accident that happened on Tuesday.
The teen in critical condition at Upstate University Hospital was identified as Dustin Mondics after the Tuesday’s accident, which happened around 7:30 am.
It took nearly 30 minutes for the teen to be extricated from the vehicle. Those on the scene noted that he was the sole occupant of that vehicle.
According to a Facebook Group dedicated to Mondics recovery, he will require multiple surgeries and has a variety of serious internal injuries, as well as serious injuries to his spine.
Troopers say the accident happened when Mondics was traveling east on Long Hill Road. His vehicle entered the westbound lane into the path of the tractor trailer, which was operated by Kenneth E. Nelson.
Nelson was taken to Auburn Community Hospital with minor injuries. Troopers note that while Nelson attempted to miss the car, the two collided anyway.
The car came to rest on the southern side of the roadway. Road conditions could have been a factor, according to Troopers, but no tickets had been issued.
An online fundraiser has also raised more than $11,000 for Mondics, who is still listed in critical condition.
Emergency crews responded to the area of Long Hill Road in Moravia for the report of a two vehicle accident involving a tractor-trailer and car.
The accident happened around 7:30 am near the Moravia-Venice Townline Road on Long Hill Road.
First responders say that the operator of the vehicle was the only individual inside the car, but the identity of that person was not released by any officials yet. The driver of that vehicle suffered ‘very serious’ injuries and was transported to Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse via Mercy Flight.
It took nearly 30 minutes for firefighters to free the driver of the vehicle after they arrived on scene. The names of those involved in the accident were not released by New York State Troopers, who are currently investigating the accident.