Utica woman, 81, dies in I-90 crash in town of Florida

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TOWN OF FLORIDA — An 81-year-old Utica woman died as a result of a car crash on Interstate 90 in Montgomery County early Sunday morning.

Judith C. Humphrey suffered fatal injuries after she was pulled out of a burning Toyota Prius in the town of Florida. She was pronounced dead at the scene, according to state police.

She was driving with Steven Humphrey, 55, when “for an unknown reason” he rear-ended a tractor trailer, causing the Prius to catch ablaze, state police wrote in a news release. Steven Humphrey, also from Utica, was sent to St. Mary’s Hospital after suffering non-life-threatening injuries.

The tractor-trailer driver, Ronnie Benjamin Peguero, 32, was unharmed.

State police responded to the incident at 1:24 a.m. State Thruway maintenance crews also assisted at the scene, according to officials.

The case remains under investigation.

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By Tyler A. McNeil

Tyler A. McNeil is a nine-year multimedia journalist and southern Saratoga County native. Currently, McNeil covers the southern Adirondacks and northern Mohawk Valley with the Daily Gazette and Leader-Herald. He also specializes in political, investigative and transit-related coverage. The University at Albany graduate's reporting has appeared in a variety of outlets, including Buzzfeed, New Food, Saratoga Today and the Times Union.

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