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The Dansville Online
  • Hornell man killed in Thursday accident

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  • From staff reports
    GROVE — A Hornell man was killed Thursday after the vehicle he was driving went off state Route 70 and struck a tree, New York State Police reported.
    NYSEG mechanic Darryl W. Coots, 36, was driving south on Route 70 when the one-car accident happened, state police said. State police responded to investigate at around 3:12 p.m.
    Coots was pronounced dead at the scene by Allegany?County Coroner Bud Baker.
    State police said Coots was driving a NYSEG vehicle and may have had a medical incident before the accident. An autopsy is to be performed by the Monroe County Medical Examiner’s Office.
    "NYSEG employees across the state are in shock and are grieving following this tragic accident," said Clayton Ellis, manager of cooperate communications for NYSEG. "Our thoughts and prayers are with Darryl’s family, friends and co-workers. We will continue to lend whatever assistance we can to the authorities that are investigating the accident.
    The cause remained under investigation Thursday, state police said.
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