New York Police Searching for Trucker Involved in Double Fatality Hit and Run
Wheatland, NY – Police in New York are searching for a yellow Volvo semi-truck they say caused a double fatality accident then fled the scene.
According to New York State Police (NYSP), the deadly crash occurred on the New York State Thruway just before 4:20 a.m. Friday morning between exits 46 (Henrietta) and 47 (Leroy), near the Ontario rest stop.
Investigators believe a yellow Volvo tractor (with a sleeper) pulling a trailer was driving west in the far right lane when, for unknown reasons, its driver “decided to cross over multiple lanes to make a U-turn,” local outlet WHAM reported.
When the truck made the U-turn near mile marker 375, a passenger vehicle, which had been traveling behind the Volvo, “slammed into the back of the trailer.”
The impact of the crash caused the vehicle’s roof to sheer off.
The male driver of the vehicle was killed at the scene.
The female passenger was taken to a nearby hospital in critical condition, where she later succumbed to her injuries.
Their identities are being withheld, pending notification of family.
However, NYSP said they were from Tennessee.
NYSP said the truck driver did not stop to render aid and continued heading eastbound following the accident.
According to investigators, the tractor-trailer exited the Thruway at exit 46 (Rochester-Corning, I-390) and later pulled into the Doubletree Hotel parking lot at the intersection of Jefferson Road and East Henrietta Road.
While in the hotel parking lot, police said the trucker removed a portion of the car’s roof, what had affixed to the tractor-trailer during the crash.
The chunk of the car that was allegedly removed by the trucker was later located by the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office.
Officials are asking anybody with any information about the yellow Volvo or its driver to call NYSP in Canandaigua at (585) 398-4100 or 9-1-1.
Authorities indicate the driver’s side of the semi will likely have severe damage as a result of the accident.