Corning firefighter, family recovering from serious auto accident


UPDATE (4:40 p.m.): A spokesperson for the hospital says Willis and his girlfriend are both in critical condition. No update was provided for Willis’ mother.


Firefighters in Corning, N.Y. are rallying around one of their own as him and his family recovers from a DWI accident Sunday night.

18 News has learned that Corning firefighter Christopher Willis, his girlfriend, and his mother 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.

Willis and his girlfriend are in stable, but serious condition. Willis’ mother was scheduled to undergo surgery on Wednesday.

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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