Watertown mother killed in head-on crash with pickup truck in Rutlan

A fatal crash in Jefferson County involving two adults and a child is being investigated.

Troopers were called to State Route 12 (Van Allen Road) near Archer Road in Rutland, New York at approximately 8:35 a.m. on Sunday, June 5, 2022.

State Route 12 (Van Allen Road) and Archer Road in Rutland, New York via Google Maps (June 2022)

State Route 12 (Van Allen Road) and Archer Road in Rutland, New York via Google Maps (June 2022)

According to a written statement, the New York State Police says Brandon G. Rust, 34, of Dexter, New York, was driving a 2017 Ford pickup truck westbound near Archer Road North “when it crossed the eastbound lanes and hit a 2017 Toyota Highlander” by 29-year-old Robin Michelle Lieby of Watertown, New York. The collision was head-on and Ms Lieby was pronounced dead at the scene.

Photo credit: New York State Police (June 2022)

Photo credit: New York State Police (June 2022)

Lieby’s ten-year-old son, who was a passenger in the back of his car, was airlifted to Golisano Upstate Children’s Hospital in Syracuse with injuries that police say are not life threatening.

Emergency responders extracted Rust from his truck by Rutland Fire and Rescue. He was airlifted to Upstate University Hospital with internal injuries described by police as “severe”.

The investigation is continuing. Police have yet to say what could have caused Rust to cross the opposing lanes of traffic.

Witnesses, anyone with dashcam footage of the incident, or anyone with information that may be helpful to the investigation are urged to call police.

Anonymous calls, emails and messages can also be left with Mohawk Valley Crime Stoppers by dialing: 1-866-730-8477 (ADVICE)by visiting www.mohawkvalleycrimestoppers.com, or by using the P3 Tips Mobile App. All information received by Mohawk Valley Crime Stoppers is 100% confidential.

[AUTHOR’S NOTE:   This post is for informational purposes and is based largely on information received from the New York State Police.  At this time no charges have been filed but, should that change, the reader is reminded that all suspects and arrested persons are innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.  At the time of this posting no additional information is available.]

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