Driver ticketed for 481 rollover crash that critically injured twin toddlers

Driver ticketed for 481 rollover crash that critically injured twin toddlers/ Onondaga County Sheriff's Office

The driver of a car that rolled over on Interstate 481 in North Syracuse, sending twin toddlers to the hospital in critical condition, has been ticketed, according to the Onondaga County Sheriff's Office.

The Sheriff's Office says Gerald Johnson, 19, has been issued three tickets for Improper Child Restraints for the twin 2-year-olds and a 6-year-old that were in the car at the time of the crash, and tickets for Failing to Keep Right and third-degree Aggravated Unlicensed Operator, a misdemeanor.

Johnson is due to appear in the Town of Cicero Court on June 20, according to the Sheriff's Office.

The crash happened around 12:45 a.m. on Tuesday. Deputies say Johnson was driving north on 481 when he lost control, hit a guardrail and drove into the median. The car then flipped several times, ejecting the 2-year-old twins in the process, before coming to rest near an overpass.

The Sheriff's Office helicopter, Air 1, was brought to the scene to provide light as deputies searched for the twins. Deputies say one was found nearly 20 feet below the overpass on South Bay Road, and the other was also found shortly after the search began. The twins are listed in critical condition at Upstate University Hospital.

In addition to the twins, Johnson and three of his passengers - ages 15, 13 and 6 - suffered minor injuries and were also taken to Upstate Hospital.

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