On October 10, Aaron Miller saw his Sunday night interrupted in the most unexpected and terrible way: his business, which he had built from scratch and had owned and operated since 1999, caught fire after he was struck by a vehicle descending Elmira. Road to Newfield.
The Chevrolet Tahoe was heading north around 6 p.m. when it swerved from the pavement, hitting two mailboxes and guardrails before crashing into Millers Motorworks, a Harley motorcycle repair and parts shop Davidson located at 1281 Elmira Road, according to New York State Police.
The driver, Angelo L. Legrand, 45, of Newfield, was taken by helicopter to Robert Packer Hospital, where he was in stable condition. The only passenger, Ambernae S. Isman, 27, of Newfield, was taken to Cayuga Medical Center for assessment and then released.
Police say the cause of the crash is unknown at this time.
On an accident information exchange form provided to Miller by the police, Legrand’s address is listed at 1435 Elmira Road, the address of Second Chance Cottages, a non-profit organization that provides housing for homeless.
The 36-foot-by-60-foot building, built by Aaron and his father Larry in 2000, has been completely completed, Aaron Miller said. On the afternoon of November 5, he and his father and a small group of friends continued their efforts to cover up what was left of the charred building, which wasn’t much – just a roof and a few beams. blackened.
âIt goes down. It’s a total loss, âMiller said. âWe strip the building and demolish it. He said he hoped to have it completely demolished by the end of the coming weekend.
Miller speculates that the vehicle must have struck one of the store’s motorcycles, causing a fire that likely set all of the store’s tires on fire.
For Miller, who is in his 50s, quitting the store now is not an option.
“I have no other choice,” he said of the reconstruction. âThis is something that happened. I wish that didn’t happen. I have to move on.
Miller said he would like to thank the Newfield Fire Department for “the good job they did” in putting out the blaze that day.