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Deputy involved in head-on crash released from hospital

(WBNG) — A deputy injured in a serious crash on Route 17 is out of the hospital.

Broome County Sheriff David Harder says Deputy Kristy Botsford was released from UHS Wilson Hospital around 2 p.m. Monday afternoon.

Deputy Botsford was seriously hurt in a crash on Route 17 in Vestal early Friday morning.

Vestal Police say 34-year-old Daniel Butash of Endicott was driving the wrong way on Route 17 westbound when he struck the deputy’s patrol car.

He’s facing multiple charges including a DWI.

“She was pinned by her legs and her feet in the car.” said Captain Kathleen Newcomb with the Broome County Sheriff’s Office. “She suffered a broken femur as well as a broken ankle to her right leg, so it took a while for the fire department to extricate her from the vehicle.”

Vestal Police say Botsford had been trying to help them stop Butash.

Police say he had stopped his car on the highway and then as the deputy approached, Butash stepped on the gas slamming into the deputy.

Sheriff’s officials are glad Botsford is doing better.

“Yeah, it could have gone a different way and we’re certainly pleased that it didn’t go that way,” said Newcomb.

Newcomb says Botsford’s training helped her in the scary situation.

“The hope is that when you face adversity in this job that you’re going to innately fall back upon your training and you’re going to survive and you’re going to go home that night,” explained Newcomb.

She says the 32-year-old deputy is going to get get back on her feet.

“I think innately she’s a pretty brave, courageous, and strong girl,” she explained. “I hope to see her back to the sheriff’s office and continue working.”

Captain Newcomb also says Butash is still being treated at the hospital. The investigation is ongoing.

Esperanza Gutierrez

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