Collision sends two children, two women to hospital

Tow truck operators move a minivan and car that collided Tuesday afternoon at the intersection of LaPan Highway and Canaras Avenue in Saranac Lake. (Enterprise photo — Peter Crowley)

SARANAC LAKE — Four people — a baby, a preschooler and two women — were taken to the local hospital Tuesday afternoon after the minivan they were in collided with a car at the busy intersection of LaPan Highway (state Route 3) and Canaras Avenue.

Alisa Radoncic of Saranac Lake was driving the white minivan. Adirondack Medical Center spokesman Matthew Scollin said this morning that she was treated and released.

Names and conditions were not available for the three people in the minivan with her: a woman older than Radoncic, a baby and a preschooler whom police guessed to be about 3 years old. Police and firefighters said the baby was secured in a car seat.

Village police said Radoncic was westbound on LaPan, away from downtown, when she ran a red light and smashed into the side of a black Subaru car driven by John Banta, also of Saranac Lake, who was northbound on Canaras. He did not appear to be injured and was not taken to the hospital. He expressed concern at the scene for the family in the other vehicle, especially for the two children.

Banta gave the same account of the collision as police. He said the minivan ran the red light and hit the passenger side of his car as he crossed LaPan with the green light on his way to Saranac Lake High School to vote in Tuesday’s school district election. No one was in the car with him. He said the Subaru was new, only two months old.


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