UPDATE: The Whitestown Police Department has identified the police officer who was killed in an accident on Oriskany Boulevard Wednesday night.
Officer Kevin Crossley was in his Whitesboro Police patrol car when his vehicle was struck by a Chevrolet Avalanche at the intersection of Oriskany Boulevard and Westmoreland Street in Whitesboro, just before 8 p.m.
“Last night we lost one of our fellow part time Police Officers. Officer Kevin Crossley who was working in the Village of Whitesboro was killed in a 2 car motor vehicle accident on Oriskany Blvd,” Whitestown police posted on their Facebook page Thursday morning.
The village of Whitesboro has also expressed their condolences over the loss of Officer Crossley.
"The Village of Whitesboro is deeply saddened at the loss of one of our police officers in an auto accident last night while on duty," the village said on its Facebook page. "Whitesboro is a small, close community, this strikes at the heart of all of us. We have lost a dedicated public servant to our residents. Our hearts are broken. Thoughts and prayers to the family and the Whitesboro Police Department."
State police say a joint press conference with the Whitesboro Police Department will be held at 1 p.m. at state police headquarters in Marcy to provide more details about the crash investigation. You can watch that here, or tune into CBS Utica,
The following video was posted by Michael Ryan on Facebook, which appears to show a procession in Syracuse on Wednesday night:
WHITESBORO - A police officer has died after a crash on Oriskany Boulevard that occurred just before 8 p.m. Wednesday night near Tony's Pizzeria.
Several police and fire departments were called to the scene to assist. Witnesses say a medical helicopter was dispatched to the scene, but no one was put on board.
New York State Troopers say the officer was taken to St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Utica, where he was pronounced dead. Authorities have not yet released his name.
We are aware of the name circulating on social media but we will not report the name until we get confirmation and permission from police.
The driver of the pickup truck, which was an orange Chevy Avalanche, was taken to St. Luke's Hospital for for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.
Oriskany Boulevard was closed but re-opened sometime early Thursday morning.
State Police say they will hold a news conference Thursday morning to provide additional information on the crash. No word on the possibility of traffic tickets or other charges at this time.
We will continue to update you as more information becomes available.