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Driver strikes utility pole in Rochester, no charges filed

ROCHESTER — No charges have been filed after a driver from New York state fell asleep behind the wheel and briefly closed a downtown street Friday morning.

Police, firefighters and emergency personnel responded at 9:45 a.m. after a 2007 Ford Explorer, driven by James Hoefer, 62, of 19 Alpine Approach in Ballston Lake, N.Y., traveling northbound, left South Main Street and struck a utility pole with a large electrical box near Linden Street.

Hoefer was found to have fallen asleep at the wheel causing him to leave the roadway, as cited in the release by police.

The Explorer, which was heavily damaged, came to a rest on its left side. It was eventually towed away from the scene.

Hoefer and his two passengers — Carol Hoefer and Geraldine Moriarty — were sent to Frisbie Memorial Hospital in Rochester for minor injuries, according to police.

As a result of the accident, South Main Street was closed to northbound traffic for about 30 minutes as firefighters and police were at the scene.

Crews from Public Service of NH and members of the Rochester Public Works Department responded to repair the damaged property. As a result, there was a slight interruption in electrical service, according to police.

jquinn@newstote.com


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