Norwich woman possibly paralyzed following snowmobile accident

GUILFORD – Emergency officials were called to the scene of a serious snowmobile accident Thursday after a man told 911 dispatchers his girlfriend couldn’t move her legs after striking a tree head on.

The Guilford and Mt. Upton emergency squads responded to the accident at around 2:10 p.m. along High Bridge Road in the Town of Guilford.



The Chenango County Sheriff Office reported Friday morning that Desseray Wallace, 30, of Norwich, was seriously injured when she lost control of the snowmobile she was driving and careened down an embankment, striking a tree. Wallace was ejected from the vehicle and suffered head and neck injuries.

Deputies at the scene said she was conscious and communicating with emergency crews, but told medics she was unable to move her legs following the accident.

She was airlifted by Mercy flight helicopter to the Wilson Regional Medical Center in Binghamton. There was no report of her condition as of press time Friday morning.

Deputies said Wallace was riding with her boyfriend at the time and had limited experience on a snow mobile.

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