UPDATE: Hamilton College professor killed in car-bicycle crash in Kirkland

The Oneida County Sheriff’s Office has released more information regarding the fatal accident in the town of Kirkland this afternoon.

Posted: Nov. 9, 2017 1:19 PM
Updated: Nov. 9, 2017 6:22 PM

UPDATE: The Oneida County Sheriff’s Office has released more information regarding the fatal accident in the town of Kirkland this afternoon.

According to Sheriff Rob Maciol, just after 12 p.m. 64-year-old Samuel Pellman of Clinton was riding his bicycle southbound on Kirkland Avenue when he was struck from behind by a 2007 Hyundai Sonata driven by 86-year-old Annabelle Bloomquist of Clinton.

Maciol says Pellman was treated at the scene by members of the Clinton Fire Department, then transported to St. Elizabeth Medical Center by COCVAC, where he was pronounced dead by hospital staff.

Pellman was a professor of music at Hamilton College in Clinton. The college issued a statement on its website this evening which stated, in part:

"During the nearly four decades that Sam has been a part of this community, he was a widely admired teacher, a groundbreaking scholar in the area of electroacoustic music, and an indispensable part of the fabric of this community, serving as associate dean, Posse mentor, and on nearly every elected faculty committee and on multiple ad hoc committees formed to address College priorities, especially those involving the arts. In April 2015, he received the Alumni Association's Distinguished Service Award. More importantly, he was a good and loyal friend to his colleagues, an exceptional advisor to students, and an exemplary representative of the College and its values. In so many ways, he will be irreplaceable."

An informal gathering is being held at 7:30 p.m. tonight in the college's Dwight Lounge. 

Deputies were assisted at the scene by members of the Oneida County Criminal Investigation and Forensics Unit, members of the Kirkland Police Department, and Hamilton College Campus Safety.

Sheriff Maciol says the case remains under investigation.


UPDATE: Oneida County Sheriff Rob Maciol has confirmed that a man was killed in the accident between a car and a bicyclist this afternoon in Kirkland.

The identity of the victim has not yet been released, and Maciol says the investigation is ongoing. We will provide more information as it becomes available.


KIRKLAND – The Oneida County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a serious personal injury accident that occurred this afternoon between a car and a bicyclist in Kirkland.

The accident on Kirkland Avenue was first reported at 12:13 p.m., according to the Oneida County 911 Center. Kirkland police, Central
Oneida County Volunteer Ambulance and the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene.

Sheriff Rob Maciol says that more information will be provided as it becomes available. Stay tuned to WKTV.com for updates.

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