GENESEO – The driver in what the Sheriff’s Office describes as ‘just a horrible accident’ is not expected to face any criminal charges.
At a Friday afternoon press conference available in full on our Facebook page here, Sheriff Thomas Dougherty said that the driver, Holly Mullen, 51, of Geneseo, is not expected to face charges.
“Our investigation has been very, very thorough and I commend our members for a very difficult job on scene,” said Dougherty. “At this time, I do not foresee any charges. I certainly am not going to close that door completely because there are still some things that we need to tighten up.”
The preliminary investigation suggests that Claire Allen, 14, was running northbound on Rte. 39 (Avon Geneseo Road) on the western shoulder, against traffic, with a fellow member of the Geneseo cross country team. She is believed to have entered the roadway while trying to cross the road and return to school when she was fatally struck by Mullen’s oncoming SUV.
All after-school games were cancelled for Thursday and Friday as a result of the accident.
Geneseo Central Schools released a brief statement on the tragic passing of one of their students.
The statement is as follows:
On Thursday, September 7 at approximately 4:30 p.m., Claire Allen was struck and killed while running on Route 39 with a teammate during cross country practice.
Claire was a ninth grader who was amazingly bright and energetic. She was an incredibly kind and gentle friend to her classmates. She was involved in many activities in our school and community. This tragedy has deeply impacted us all.
We have counseling support readily available for all of our students and staff today and if needed throughout the weekend.
We ask the media for your consideration and respect for our students, staff and the Allen family as we cope with this tragedy.