Condition updates released for Corning firefighter, family

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UPDATE (Dec. 7) According to the Blue Lives Matter Twin Tiers NY Facebook page, Corning firefighter Christopher Willis’ condition is improving.

The group posted the following update: 

He is progressing. Doing alot of speach and physical therapy. His Spirit is High. Thank you for your support and prayers. Keep them going and Chris keep fighting Brother you got this.


An update has been provided regarding the conditions of Corning firefighter Christopher Willis, his mother, and his girlfriend after they were injured in a serious auto accident Sunday night.

Willis and his mother are both said to be in fair condition, while his girlfriend is still considered to be in serious condition.

The three were injured when their Ford Fusion was struck by an impaired driver behind the wheel of a Dodge Ram pick-up Sunday evening on Shaffer Road in the town of Newfield, N.Y.

The three victims were flown to Upstate Medical Center with serious injuries.

According to New York State Police, 27-year-old Andrew Sampson of Horseheads, N.Y. was driving while intoxicated when he crossed the double yellow line and crashed head-on into the other vehicle.

Sampson was arrested at approximately 8:21 p.m. and charged with the felony of Vehicular Assault in the first degree, the misdemeanor of Driving While Intoxicated and the violation of Unlawful Possession of Marijuana.  He was also issued several traffic tickets.  

He was arraigned at Newfield Town Court and remanded to the Tompkins County Jail on $3,000 cash bail or $6,000 property bond.  His next court appearance is scheduled for Nov. 29, 2018. 

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