Two people were killed early Sunday when their cars crashed head-on in Batavia, just before 7:00 a.m. on Lewiston Road in the Town of Batavia.
Deputies say Rosemary Calla, 74 of Oakfield, and Quayeshawn Smith, 25 of Medina, were both pronounced dead at the scene. Deputies tell YNN the two cars appear to have hit squarely head-on, each likely going at least 55 miles per hour when they collided.
Neighbors say they knew it was bad when they heard nothing, but a big 'bang.'
"It was very eerie because there was this loud crash and then nothing else," says Joan Wescott, who lives on Lewiston Road. Joan says the moment will be etched in her mind forever.
The moment will be etched in Joan Wescott's mind forever.
"There was no sound of brakes squealing or anything else," said Wescott. "It was just stillness. I looked over at the clock, and it said 6:44 a.m. And I got up and went to the front of the house and looked out the window, and there was a van on its side in our side lawn."
The marks are still clearly visible in Joan's yard, along with plenty of crash debris.
Joan says Lewiston Road isn't usually accident-prone, but that has never stopped her from being very careful. She's wary of how fast cars sometimes travel there.
"I always say to the grandchildren, 'Don't go up near the road, don't go near the end of the driveway," says Westcott. "Because you never know."
The cruel twist in this story came later for Joan. The woman whose van ended up in her front lawn, was her friend, Rosemary Calla, who lived just three miles down the road. Her children attended school with Joan's.
"She was a wonderful lady. I always say: if there was a saintly woman, it was Rose," says Joan.
And Joan says Rose was a beloved mother and grandmother, too.
"Last night, we went into Oakfield. And on the Calla's porch was a young man in a white tuxedo, and a girl in a blue prom dress. And I think, 'Well you know, they were probably coming to show Grandma how nice they looked.' And she, I'm sure, would've been so proud," said Wescott.
YNN tried to reach the families of both victims. The Calla family said they'd rather not comment at this time. Meanwhile, neighbors in Medina say Quayeshawn Smith lived alone, and was a quiet man who kept to himself. His landlord said Smith's closest family lives in New York City.