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Collision leads to damage in Geneva

Published: Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012 5:30 a.m. CST

GENEVA – A two-car collision at 10:43 a.m. Tuesday took out a street sign post, park bench and two large newspaper boxes near the Geneva post office at Third and James streets, police said.

No one was injured, and all items are owned by the city. There is no estimate of damage, Geneva Police Cmdr. Eric Passarelli said.

One driver, Samson U. Turkman, 65, of the 300 block of Hendee Street, Elgin, was ticketed for failure to yield to oncoming traffic, Passarelli said.

According to the crash report, Turkman was traveling east on James in a 2009 Chevy Malibu and stopped at the stop sign at Third Street. Turkman saw the pedestrian crosswalk stop sign on Third, south of James, and mistakenly thought it was a stop sign for northbound traffic, Passarelli said.

Assuming a car traveling north was going to stop, Turkman continued east on James and hit the rear driver’s side of a 2006 Hyundai Sonata, driven by Violeta P. Flores, 77, of the 200 block of North Island Avenue, Batavia, according to the crash report.

The impact caused the Sonata to veer to its left, into the northwest corner of Third and James streets, striking the sign post, bench and news boxes.

The two news boxes then fell into a third vehicle, a 2008 Chrysler Town and Country, owned by Sandra Smith, 57, of the 400 block of Davis Road, Batavia, which was parked on the north side of James, west of Third, according to the crash report.

Passarelli said the two drivers refused medical attention, although an ambulance was called.

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