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Motorcyclist injured in hit-and-run, search underway for fleeing driver

By Spencer Davidson

WESTERN, N.Y. (WKTV) – The Oneida County Sheriff's Office is currently searching for the driver involved in a hit-and-run crash that injured a motorcyclist, Tuesday.

Deputies say that Derek Kuehnhold, 21, of Westernville, was riding a 2001 Harley Davidson motorcycle southbound on Route 46, in the Town of Western at about 9:45 a.m., when an unknown vehicle traveling northbound entered the biker's lane.

According to reports, Kuehnhold attempted to swerve out of the way of the oncoming vehicle, but was side-swiped in the process.

The Sheriff’s Office says that he was ejected from the motorcycle and landed in a ditch on the side of the road.

Responders on the scene treated him for road rash, cuts, and bruises before Kuehnhold was transported to St. Elizabeth's Medical Center in Utica for further treatment.

The car in question is being described as an older, gold car, and possibly a Ford Taurus. The Sheriff’s Office is advising people to look out for a car that matches the description, and has driver side damage from the impact with the motorcycle.

The fleeing car was last seen turning on Route 274, according to deputies.

Anyone with information as to the involved vehicle or driver is asked to contact the Oneida County Sheriff's Office at (315) 245-0800.

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