Pedestrian hit by car near Unadilla racetrack has died

Troopers say Edward Burnett of Utica is charged with driving while ability impaired under Leandra’s Law and vehicular assault.

Posted: Aug 12, 2019 12:28 PM
Updated: Aug 12, 2019 3:13 PM

NEW BERLIN, NY – The man who was struck by a car while walking along a road during the Unadilla Motocross event over the weekend has died.

The family of Jonathan Mayzak tells NewsChannel 2 that he passed away as a result of injuries sustained in the crash, which happened on State Route 8 in the Town of Columbus. NewsChannel 2 confirmed the 20-year-old Mayzak’s passing with State Police Monday morning. He was a motocross rider from Murrells Inlet, South Carolina who was in town for the annual races.

Troopers say 31-year-old Edward Burnett of Utica is charged with driving while ability impaired under Leandra’s Law and vehicular assault after allegedly striking Mayzak with his car just before 9:00 Friday night. Troopers say Burnett was driving a Volkswagon Beetle with three passengers in the car with him, a 30-year-old woman and two children ages 8 and 4. NewsChannel 2 has not been able to confirm Burnett’s relationship with the passengers.

Burnett was arraigned in Columbus Town Court and is being held in the Chenango County Jail on $100,000 cash bail or $200,000 bond. State Police say the Chenango County District Attorney's Office will consider whether to file additional charges against Burnett.

This article has been updated to correct the spelling of the victim's last name and the date of the incident.

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