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LAC SARANAC – Two bikers were hospitalized and a driver was ticketed by village police Sunday after a collision on Lake Flower Avenue.

According to the Saranac Lake Police Department, Scot Zmijewski and Ann Ritz-Farmer, of Keeseville, were traveling north on a 2010 Yamaha motorcycle on Lake Flower Avenue around 12:39 p.m. and McKenzie LaBrake, of Lake Placid, was traveling north. south. LaBrake attempted to make a left turn through the incoming traffic lane into McKenzie’s Grille parking lot when his car collided with Zmijewski’s motorcycle, police said.

Saranac Lake Police Department Chief Darin Perrotte said the front corner of the driver’s side of the car collided with the side of the motorcycle.

Both bikers were wearing helmets, police said. They were transported to Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake. Adirondack Health spokesman Matt Scollin said Monday the two were transported to other hospitals due to the severity of their injuries.

“If someone needs a different level of care, they would be transferred to another facility to meet it,” said Scolin.

Ritz-Farmer was transferred to University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington and Zmijewski was transferred to Albany Medical Center.

Perrotte said the two were in intensive care earlier Monday.

UVM spokesman Neal Goswani said Ritz-Farmer was still a patient at UVM on Monday afternoon, but her patient status was not available. Zmijewski’s status at Albany Medical Center was not available as of Monday’s deadline.

Police say LaBrake was ticketed for failing to yield to right-of-way during a left turn, a violation, and that LaBrake and his passenger refused further medical treatment.

Perrotte said speed probably didn’t play a role in the collision.



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