UPDATE: A Syracuse man was killed in the Thruway crash in Verona Thursday morning, according to New York State Police.
Police say around 2:30 a.m., a 2002 Toyota Solara driven by 26-year-old Arthur Hunter was disabled along the shoulder of the Thruway in Verona, about a half-mile from Exit 33, with its hazard lights on. There were three male passengers in the vehicle as well, ages 17, 18 and 19.
Police say while Hunter was outside the vehicle trying to make mechanical repairs, a 2018 Penske box truck driven by 42-year-ol Remus Parish of Ohio drifted off the road and struck Hunter’s vehicle from behind.
Hunter was pronounced dead at the scene. His three passengers were transported to Upstate Medical University to be treated for minor injuries.
Parish was transported to Oneida Healthcare Facility to be treated for minor injuries, and he was also issued a ticket for the violation of moving from a lane unsafely.
Police say the investigation is ongoing.
VERONA – One person was hospitalized following an early morning crash on the New York State Thruway in Verona on Thursday.
The crash occurred just before 2:30 a.m. on the Thruway near Turning Stone Casino. New York State Police confirm that all lanes are now open, after initially shutting down the westbound lanes between Exit 33 in Verona and Exit 34 in Canastota.
A Penske truck and a car were involved in a crash, but it's unknown at this time how many people were involved.
We will continue to provide more information as it becomes available.