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Eastman Professor Killed in Wrong-Way Crash on I-490

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Rochester: Eastman Professor Killed in Wrong-Way Crash on I-490
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One woman is dead after a driver going the wrong way crashed into her vehicle early Saturday morning on Interstate 490 East.

Monroe County Sheriffs Deputies say the crash happened around 1:30 a.m.

Police say they received a call about a crash involving multiple cars on I-490 East near Exit 6 in the Town of Gates.

They say Thomas Rome, 37, of Kirkwood was driving the wrong way when he crashed head-on into a SUV containing Tatiana Tchekina, 69, and her husband Oleh Krysa, 71, both from Rochester.

Tchekina was pronounced dead at the scene and her husband was sent to Strong Memorial Hospital with minor injuries. Tchekina was an Assistant Professor of Accompanying at the Eastman School of Music. Krysa is a Professor of Violin.

Police say Rome was unconscious at the scene and smelled of alcohol. He was taken to the hospital with serious injuries. Police say charges are pending.

School Releases Statement

Jamal Rossi, the dean of the Eastman School of Music, released a statement about the crash:

"The entire Eastman community is shocked and deeply saddened to have learned about the accident that took the life of Tatiana Tchekina. Tatiana was an assistant professor of piano accompanying and wife to violin faculty member Oleh Krysa. Professor Krysa was also involved in the accident, and is recovering.

Professor Tchekina was a valued member of our faculty who influenced the lives of the many students with whom she collaborated on performances and competitions. As a world-class musician, she had an international career both as a solo pianist and in collaboration with Professor Krysa. Our thoughts are with Oleh, and their family and friends at this very difficult time."

Second Wrong-Way Fatal Crash in Two Weeks

This is the second wrong-way fatal crash on Interstate 490 in two weeks.

On November 23, Khadijah McKenzie, 19, was killed after she was stuck by a driver going the wrong way.

Police say the driver, Robert Rector, 30, of Fairport was intoxicated at the time of the crash.
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