NEW HARTFORD – A Sauquoit man is facing charges following a nearly year-long investigation into a motorcycle crash that left a pedestrian with extensive injuries, according to the New Hartford Police Department.
On Wednesday, 21-year-old Jacob Bullard of Sauquoit was arrested by New Hartford police and the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office on an Oneida County arrest warrant, following an indictment by an Oneida County Grand Jury.
Police say on June 28, 2017, Bullard was driving his Harley Davidson motorcycle northbound on Mohawk Street in New Hartford when he passed through the intersection of Sessions Road, lost control of his motorcycle, went into the southbound lane and then onto the shoulder of the southbound lane.
Police say Bullard was unable to regain control of the motorcycle and he crashed into 47-year-old Dayle Turczyn of New Hartford, who was walking her two dogs northbound on the west shoulder of the southbound lane.
Bullard was ejected from the motorcycle, which then kept going and struck a utility pole, and Turczyn was thrown into the road from the impact.
Turczyn sustained extensive, very serious, life-threatening injuries throughout her body and head, according to police. One of her dogs was also killed in the crash.
Bullard and Turczyn were both treated at the scene and then transported to St. Elizabeth Medical Center. Turczyn was then taken to Upstate Medical University, where she stayed for several months for treatment. Police say she eventually returned home earlier this year and she has been receiving intensive physical therapy treatment for months.
Turczyn is still recovering from her injuries today, according to police.
Bullard is charged with felony second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument (NYS driver’s license), misdemeanor third-degree assault, and the following traffic violations: speed in excess of the posted speed limit, speed not reasonable and prudent for conditions, and operating without a motorcycle license.
Bullard was sent to the Oneida County Jail on $5,000 cash bail. He’s scheduled to appear again in Oneida County Court on June 8.