Rochester, NY – Melissa Ann Brown, Jon T. Rich Jr Killed in Rollover at Caughdenoy Rd near Black Creek Rd

Rochester, NY – Melissa Ann Brown, Jon T. Rich Jr Killed in Rollover at Caughdenoy Rd near Black Creek Rd

Rochester, NY (December 9, 2022) – Two people were killed in a rollover accident in the town of Clay, Rochester, on Thursday evening, December 8. Responders were seen working at the crash site late Thursday night. 

Sources say the accident happened at the intersection of Caughdenoy Road near Black Creek Road. A 2023 Chevrolet Camaro driven by Melissa Ann Brown, 55, was traveling on Caughdenoy Road with 52-year-old Jon T. Rich Jr as her passenger. 

While speeding, Brown failed to properly negotiate a turn, causing her to drive off of the roadway. The vehicle collided with an embankment, crossed over Black Creek Road, struck a utility pole, and overturned before coming to rest in a yard. 

Brown was extricated from the vehicle and pronounced deceased by paramedics at the scene. Rich was transported to Upstate University Hospital with internal injuries. Later on Friday afternoon, Rich succumbed to his injuries and passed away. 

Authorities in Rochester continue to investigate the details of the accident. 

We would like to offer our sincere condolences to the families of Melissa Ann Brown and Jon T. Rich, Jr. 

New York Auto Accidents

Rochester, NY - Melissa Ann Brown, Jon T. Rich Jr Killed in Rollover at Caughdenoy Rd near Black Creek Rd In a personal injury claim, establishing wrongful death is different from a criminal case. In a criminal case, prosecutors must prove the guilt of a defendant beyond a reasonable doubt. Wrongful death claims are civil cases that are proven through the legal theory of negligence. 

In order to establish liability in a wrongful death claim, a case must possess certain elements, which are: 

  • A duty of care owed to you or your family member that was breached by a negligent party. The negligent party acted in a manner that failed to consider your or your loved one’s safety and, as a result, put you in harm’s way. 

There are many different forms of negligence that drivers display on the roadways today. The most common form of driver negligence seen on the roadways in New York and throughout the United States is driver distraction. Smartphones have become extremely popular in society. Due to this, people feel like it is okay to check them at any time, even while behind the wheel of a moving vehicle. This is never safe, and should always be avoided. 

If you or someone you love has been injured by the actions of a negligent driver, whether they were distracted, intoxicated, over-tired, or speeding, you may be eligible to collect financial compensation for the losses and damages you face in relation to your accident. 

Even worse, you may have lost someone you love due to the actions of a negligent driver. This is possibly the worst thing that can happen and can make your world seem like it has come to a complete halt. You may be wondering how you will recover, and money may be the furthest thing from your mind at a time like this. 

However, unfortunately, losing someone to a severe auto crash does end up costing money in one way or another. The cost of funeral care can range in the tens of thousands, and, when paired with medical bills, can be an extreme expense for any family. If you know your loved one’s crash was caused by driver negligence, it is important to speak with a wrongful death lawyer in Rochester as soon as you can. 

The wrongful death attorneys in New York from Metro Law have years of experience helping injured crash victims make full financial recoveries after they’re hurt by the actions of negligent drivers. We have also worked with the surviving family members of deceased crash victims to help them get the money they need to pay for the costs related to their loved one’s accident. 

Call our law firm at (800) 469-6476 to find out what legal action is right for you.

Notes: Outside sources were used in the creation of this post including news bulletins and first-hand accounts of the accident and injuries involved. As a result, the details of the accident presented have not been independently verified. If you have identified any false information in the story or would like the post to be removed, please inform us immediately, and we will correct the information or remove the post. 

Disclaimer: As a member of the local community, we at Metro Law strive to improve the overall safety and quality of life for everyone who lives in our beloved state. We are extremely saddened by these accidents but hope that through an awareness of these dangers, those in our community will take precautions to avoid these accidents. This is not a solicitation for business, and this information should not be misconstrued as medical or legal advice. We wish only the best and quickest recovery to all those involved in the accident. The photos depicted in this post are not from the actual accident scene.