Bloomingdale man seriously injured in car crash

A Bloomingdale man was hospitalized Sunday after crashing his car on the Bloomingdale-Gabriels road and is still in critical condition today.

Jon A. Marklund, 31, was traveling east on county Route 55 in a 2006 Honda Civic around 3:01 a.m. Sunday when he passed a 2013 Toyota Prius driven by Stephanie Sears, 33, of Lake Placid, which was also traveling east, according to Trooper Jennifer Fleishman, spokeswoman for Ray Brook-based state police Troop B.

Fleishman said Marklund then lost control of his car, which went off the north shoulder of the road, hitting a tree. Sears reported the accident.

When state police arrived on scene, Fleishman said the Bloomingdale Volunteer Fire Department was already there trying to extricate Marklund, who was unconscious. He reportedly suffered a brain bleed, punctured lungs and other serious injuries.

Marklund was pulled from the car and transported to Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake. After receiving preliminary treatment there, North Country Life Flight airlifted Marklund to the University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington.

He was listed in critical condition as of Monday afternoon, hospital officials said.

During their investigation, police said they determined Sears, who witnessed and reported the crash, had been driving while intoxicated. She was transported to the state police barracks in Ray Brook, processed and provided a breath sample that allegedly registered a 0.10 percent blood alcohol content.

Sears was charged with driving while intoxicated and operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content of 0.08 percent or greater. She was released to a third party to appear in town of St. Armand court at 6 p.m. July 26.

The Saranac Lake Volunteer Fire Department responded to the scene in mutual aid at 3:13 a.m. with one truck and five members. They were back in service at 3:53 a.m.

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