Motorcyclist injured in accident on Oriskany Boulevard

By Joleen Ferris

(WKTV) - A car crash between a female motorcyclist and a local police chief sent the woman to a Syracuse Hospital with serious injuries.

It happened around 11:15 am Wednesday, on the Route 5A onramp westbound toward the Oriskany Boulevard overpass. The onramp was closed to all traffic for about three hours as the Oneida County Sheriff's Department reconstructed the accident. 

Officials with the sheriff's department say Whitestown Police Chief Donald Wolanin was stopped on the ramp to check on a disabled motorist when his patrol vehicle was struck.

"Chief Wolanin was involved when a motorcycle hit the rear of his vehicle while he was on the ramp. He was stopped on the ramp at the time," said Lt. James McCarthy.

McCarthy didn't know if the chief had any hazard or emergency lights on at the time he stopped to check the disabled motorist.

Mary Tartaglia, age 49, of Utica, was the driver of the motorcycle. She was treated at the scene for multiple injuries, taken to St. Elizabeth Medical Center and then transferred to Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse. Her son says she had surgery, was alert and talking and has many surgeries ahead of her.

No tickets have been issued. The investigation continues.


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