Driver loses control, strikes oncoming cars

A Panama man is facing charges after a three-vehicle crash on Route 474, in North Harmony, Friday night. The Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office says 30-year-old Lawrence T. Linkous III was driving when he lost control of his vehicle and crossed into oncoming traffic.

Linkous’ vehicle struck a vehicle driven by 20-year-old Jocelyn E. Bensink, of Clymer, and then a truck driven by 39-year-old Charles R. Rugg, of Panama.

Bensink was taken to an area hospital for non-life threatening injuries. Rugg was not injured. Linkous was evaluated at the scene but declined treatment.

Linkous is charged with speed not reasonable and prudent, and failure to keep right. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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