Investigation Continues: No Evidence of Terrorism in Deadly New Year’s Crash Near Rochester Concert Venue

A deadly crash that occurred in the early hours of New Year’s Day near a concert venue in Rochester, New York, has left the community in shock and mourning. While initial investigations have identified the driver responsible for the tragic incident, authorities have yet to find any connection to terrorism, despite the presence of multiple gas canisters in the suspect’s vehicle.

Rochester Concert Venue Incident, What Actually Happened?

The fatal crash unfolded outside the Kodak Center at about 12:52 a.m. on New Year’s Day. The suspect, identified as 35-year-old Michael Avery, was driving a rented Ford Expedition when he slammed into a Mitsubishi Outlander, a ride-sharing car, causing it to burst into flames.

The impact of the crash was so severe that it resulted in the unfortunate deaths of two passengers in the ride-share car. The victims were later identified as Justina Hughes, 28, from Geneva, and Joshua Orr, 29, from Webster.

According to Rochester Police Chief David Smith, who briefed the media at a news conference on Tuesday, the Ford Expedition driven by Avery was speeding towards pedestrians in a crosswalk when it collided with the ride-share vehicle.

Investigation Findings

Despite the discovery of several gas canisters in Avery’s vehicle, investigators have found no evidence linking the crash to terrorism. The investigation into this tragic event is ongoing, with local law enforcement agencies working tirelessly to uncover the circumstances surrounding the fatal crash.

Remembering the Victims

As the Rochester community grapples with this tragic event, we remember the lives of Justina Hughes and Joshua Orr. Their sudden and untimely passing in this dreadful incident has left their families, friends, and the broader community in deep sorrow.

Amy White

On New Year’s Eve, in a senseless and intentional act of violence, my son Josh and one of his best friends, Justina, were killed instantly outside a concert venue in Rochester, NY The world is a whole lot darker and less sparkly without Josh’s presence in the world. Adding this written by a local journalist: Josh Orr and Justina Hughes, killed outside the Kodak Center early on New Year’s morning. Their deaths, in a wreck which derailed a gasoline bomber and kept his vehicle out of a crowded concert venue, saved dozens if not hundreds of lives. (Reported by Jackie Napier)

Our thoughts and condolences go out to all those affected by this tragic incident.

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