(FeaturedNews.com) – In Rochester, New York, a Ford Expedition filled with more than a dozen gas canisters caused a car explosion that killed three people while injuring many others. The incident occurred at 12:50 a.m. on the first day of 2024 after the car crashed into a Mitsubishi Outlander.
On Tuesday, during a press conference, Rochester Police Chief David Smith stated that the driver of the Ford Expedition had been identified as Michael Avery, 35, from the Syracuse area. Avery’s family revealed to investigators that the man had been “suffering from possible undiagnosed mental health issues.” Law enforcement did not discover a suicide note or any journals following the accident.
The crash occurred as attendees were leaving a concert at the Kodak Theater in Rochester, which had taken place in a parking lot that was located close to the concert venue. It took the firefighters an hour to get the blaze under control.
The two people in the Outlander died at the scene, while Avery was transported to the hospital where he passed away. Several other victims were also taken to the hospital, with one of the five surviving victims having sustained life-threatening injuries.
Avery had been staying at a Rochester hotel, located around an hour and a half away from his residence. He appeared to have been in the area targeting Pedestrians and had filled another car with more than a dozen gas canisters. Investigators are still attempting to unravel this case.
As Rochester Mayor Malik Evans pointed out during a press conference on Tuesday, there were still many questions that remained unanswered.
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