Geneseo woman killed in Avon crash

Posted at: 08/03/2012 12:32 AM
Updated at: 08/03/2012 12:42 AM
By: Lynette Adams

A two car crash in Avon has claimed the life of a well-known Geneseo real estate agent.

Investigators say Charlene Ruliffson, known as Sherry, died after her car turned in front of a pickup truck, and the truck slammed into the car.

Before the crash, she had stopped at a farm stand and bought flowers, something friends say she would often do. But what happened next is baffling to investigators and Peter Llop, 24, who was driving the truck.

Llop is a horse trainer and emergency medical technician. He says nothing could have prepared him for what happened. He was heading home on Route 39 in Avon when he says the car pulled out in front of him.

“I honked my horn. I tried to avoid her. At that moment, she was completely across the road and there was nowhere I could have maneuvered my truck and horse trailer to avoid colliding with her vehicle.”

“I struck two telephone poles. Her vehicle struck two telephone poles. We came to rest in a field.”

Sheriff’s investigators can’t explain why the crash happened.

“There must have been some error or some sort of issue of why she came out into the roadway into the path of travel,” Sergeant Michael Dougherty said. “It was a tragic accident because she's a local person of our Geneseo community.”

Ruliffson’s daughter, who also lives in Geneseo, was too distraught to speak with us on camera, and so were neighbors.

Meanwhile, for Llop, it’s hard to think about anything else. He is sad Ruliffson died and wished just one thing could have been different.

“I could have left where I was coming from five minutes later. I could have left five minutes earlier. I don't know if there's anything I could have done in preparing myself. That's beyond re-rolling the dice.”

Llop and his horse were shaken up, but they were not injured. Police are trying to determine if Ruliffson may have suffered a medical condition. They’re also investigating whether she may have been using the phone. We have learned speed is not a factor in this crash.