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Sun., Oct. 4
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One survivor of Friday’s crash remains hospitalized in critical condition


One of the survivors of Friday’s fatal car accident outside of Ogdensburg has been released from the hospital, while the other remains in critical condition in SUNY Upstate Medical Center, Syracuse.

State police said Monday that Hilmar M. Juell, 33, of Hammond, had been sent home.

Mr. Juell was driving a Dodge Caravan south on Route 37 near the Stonefence Resort and Motel at roughly 10 a.m. when his vehicle was struck head-on by a Chevy Cruze sedan heading the opposite direction. State police did not release information on the nature of his injuries and the hospital where he was treated.

A phone listing for Mr. Juell was out of service. A message left with a relative was not returned.

State police said the Cruze, driven by Albert Robinson Sr., 62, of Brownville, suddenly swerved into the other lane, causing the accident.

Mr. Robinson, his wife, Georgia Robinson, 58, and passenger Kristine K. Fitchette Bell, 51, of Dexter, died of massive trauma.

Mr. Robinson “did have health issues,” state police Investigator Christopher M. Nye said, but he didn’t want to speculate on whether a medical condition caused Mr. Robinson to swerve into oncoming traffic.

“I don’t know if we’ll ever know” what caused the crash, he said.

St. Lawrence County Coroner Russell B. Lawrence III said Friday that an autopsy conducted by forensic pathologist Dr. Samuel A. Livingstone concluded that Mr. Robinson may have suffered from cardiac arrhythmia, a condition that causes abnormal heart rhythms.

Susan J. Wagoner, 52, from Chaumont, was also a passenger in the Cruze but survived.

Mr. Nye said Mrs. Wagoner is still in critical condition at SUNY Upstate Medical University.

Mrs. Wagoner and Mrs. Bell were “close friends” of the Robinsons, Mr. Nye said, though he said he did not know why the four were heading towards Ogdensburg.

Mr. Lawrence said the deaths were ruled accidental.

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