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fatal crash

Fleeing Suspect’s Head-On Collision with Deputy Likely Deliberate

Collision Likely

Deliberate, Press

Told At Briefing

Dead Man Followed Woman’s Car

From Cherry Valley To Richfield 

BCI Capt. Scott Heggelke, left, and Sheriff Richard J. Devlin Jr. brief the press on Tuesday’s fatal collision this afternoon at the Oneonta State Police Barracks. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

By JENNIFER HILL • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Heggelke said Matthew All “died from multiple blunt trauma injuries” after his car collided with the sheriff’s department cruiser. (Jennifer Hill/AllOTSEGO.com)

ONEONTA – The 23-year-old killed upon crashing his car head-on into Deputy Sheriff Jim Mateunas’ cruiser in Springfield Center Tuesday afternoon likely did it deliberately,  BCI Capt. Scott Heggelke, Troop C, said this afternoon at a joint press conference with Sheriff Richard J. Devlin, Jr.

Matthew E. All had led state police on a high-speed chase, which ended at the intersection of 20 and 80 when his Buick LaCrosse collided with the sheriff’s 2017 Chevy Tacoma with Mateunas inside.  The impact was so great it sent the cruiser flying at least 200 feet.

Fleeing Car Hit Deputy’s Cruiser In Westbound Lane

BULLETIN

Fleeing Car Hit

Deputy’s Cruiser

In Westbound Lane

Ending a few minutes ago in the Oneonta State Police Barracks, BCI Capt. Scott Heggelke and county Sheriff Richard J. Devlin, Jr. give particulars on Tuesday’s hot pursuit and fatal crash. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

By JENNIFER HILL • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

ONEONTA – Sheriff’s Deputy Jim Mateunas was parked in the westbound lane of  Route 20 in his Chevy Tacoma with his emergency lights flashing when Matthew All, fleeing state police in hot pursuit, plowed into the deputy’s cruiser at 2:45 p.m. Tuesday at 115 mph, according to a just-completed press briefing at the Oneonta State Police Barracks.

Earlier reports had the cruiser on the side of the highway.  There was no evidence All braked or tried to avoid the collision, County Sheriff Richard J. Devlin Jr. and Capt. Scott Hegelke of Troop C’s BCI unit said during the briefing.

The impact of All’s Buick LaCrosse pushed Mateunas’ SUV 200 feet, the equivalent of twice the length of the Oneonta barracks building on Oneida Street.

The autopsy showed All, 23, of Sharon Springs, was not intoxicated.  The briefing revealed All and Robin Church, the woman he was arguing with in front of the Richfield Springs State Police Barracks before the chase ensued, had been co-workers at some point, and he had been “harassing” her for a year.

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CRASH KILLS ONE, DEPUTY BREAKS LEGS IN COLLISION

ACCIDENT AT ROUTE 20, 80

CRASH KILLS ONE,

DEPUTY BREAKS

LEGS IN COLLISION

Whoever saw the crumpled red Buick LaCrosse had the same reaction: That was a fatal crash. And it was. (Jennifer Hill/AllOTSEGO.com)

BY JENNIFER HILL • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Matthew McIvor lives next to the Richfield Springs barracks, and witnessed the arguments that resulted in the chase and crash. Then, as an EMT, he was called to the scene.

SPRINGFIELD CENTER – Matthew McIvor saw the whole thing.

At around 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 21, at the State Police barracks in Richfield Springs, across the street from his house, “I saw him the woman get into her car, a black Jeep, and the man kept shouting at her,” McIvor said when interview at the subsequent accident at Kelly’s Corners, at Route 20 and 80.

“He banged his fist on her jeep and put a dent on the driver’s side. I called 911 when I saw that.”

Less than half an hour later, that man would be dead, the victim of a head-on collision following a high-speed chase that ended when his red Buick Lacrosse ran into an Otsego County Sheriff’s cruiser, injuring Deputy James Mateunas.

According to Trooper Aga Dembinska, Troop C spokesman, the man in a car who had been accused of harassing, then threatening a woman with a knife. When troopers approached, he fled and officers pursued him east on Route 20.

As the fleeing car approached Route 20’s intersection with 80, Mateunas’ cruisher was parked, facing west with its lights flashing.  The fleeing man’s car ran head-on into the cruiser, Dembinska said.

Coroner Michael Fox pronounced the suspect dead at the scene.

CREWS REMOVE DRIVER’S BODY AT RTES. 20, 80

DEPUTY IN SURGERY

CREWS REMOVE

DRIVER’S BODY

AT RTES. 20, 80

A driver’s body was removed from this crumpled red Buick Lacrosse in today’s 2:45 p.m. fatal crash that also sent Sheriff’s Deputy James Mateunas to a Bassett Hospital operating room.  The driver’s identity has not yet been released, but an eyewitness said he saw the driver in a altercation with a woman, Robin Church, at the State Police barracks in Richfield Springs.  The driver fled the barracks with troopers in pursuit, and deputies joined the chase, which ended when the fleeing car collided head-on with Mateunas’ cruiser at the junction of Routes 20 and 80, Kelly’s Corners, at the north end of Springfield Center.  Sheriff Richard J. Devlin Jr. is at the scene at this hour, and details will be reported as they become available.  (Jennifer Hill/AllOTSEGO.com)
Schuyler Lake Woman Airlifted In Fatal Crash

Schuyler Lake Woman

Airlifted In Fatal Crash

Sherburne Man Dies In Head-On Collision

COLUMBUS – A 46-year-0ld Schuyler Lake woman was airlifted to Upstate Medical Center, Syracuse, after a fatal crash shut down Chenango County Route 25 in the Town of Columbus for several hours Saturday morning, Troop C reports.

State Police at Norwich were dispatched to a head-on collision at 1:34 a.m., Saturday.

On WAMC’s ‘Morning Headlines’, Editor Reports On Amy Stock Memorial Dedication

On WAMC’s ‘Morning Headlines’, Editor

Reports On Amy Stock Memorial Dedication

Kim Robinson of Prolifiq Signs, which did the graphics on the Amy Stock Memorial trailer, hugs Amy's sister Eileen Anania, who led the effort to turn a tragedy into teaching moments, as Tuesday dedication ceremony was about to begin. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Kim Robinson of Prolifiq Signs, which did the graphics on the Amy Stock Memorial trailer, hugs Amy’s sister Eileen Anania, who led the effort to turn a tragedy into teaching moments, as Tuesday dedication ceremony was about to begin. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

WAMC-logo_1 (1)In today’s weekly radio report on WAMC, Northeast Public Radio, Jim Kevlin, editor/publisher of www.AllOTSEGO.com (and Hometown Oneonta & the Freeman’s Journal), describes the dedication of the Amy Stock Memorial, a travelling exhibit that dramatizes the pain that can results from DWIs.

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18-Year-Old Stamford Man Dies After He Was Pinned Under Car

18-Year-Old Stamford Man Dies

After He Was Pinned Under Car

nys-policeDAVENPORT – State troopers are investigating the death of Travis J. Barra, 18, of Stamford, whose car went over an embankment at 3:19 a.m. today on Brickhouse Hill Road, Town of Davenport.

When arriving at the scene, troopers found Barra pinned underneath a 1996 Ford Crown Victoria.    He was dead at the scene.

An investigation revealed found the car was southbound on Brickhouse Hill Road when it drove off the roadway and appeared to have gotten stuck on the west shoulder.

Barra, who was traveling alone, left the car in neutral as he got out and attempted to free it.  He was pinned underneath the car when it rolled backward.

Delaware County Coronor Dr. Richard Ucci responded to the scene and ruled the manner of Barra’s death as accidental due to mechanical asphyxiation.  The investigation is ongoing.

Man Killed In Otego Train Crash From Bloomville, State Police Say

Man Killed In Otego Train Crash

From Bloomville, State Police Say

Wife Thrown From Golf Cart, Broke Both Legs, Troopers Report

OTEGO – A husband from Bloomville, Charles W. Turk, 57, was killed when the golf cart he was driving struck a train at about 2:54 p.m. Sunday behind 515 Route 48, Otego, state police announced this afternoon.

When troopers from Oneonta arrived to investigate, they found him underneath the overturned golf cart.  His wife, Cynthia E. Turk, 58, was thrown from the cart and broke both legs, police said.  She was life-flighted to Albany Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.

Visitation Today For Julia Levandowski, Who Died Thursday In Auto Accident

Visitation Today For Julia Levandowski,

Who Died Thursday In Auto Accident

Julia Levandowski, 21
Julia Levandowski, 21

COOPERSTOWN – Calling hours are this afternoon for Julia Alexandra Levandowski, daughter, sister, granddaughter, a CCS honors graduate and LeMoyne undergraduate,  who died unexpectedly in an early morning hours Thursday, May 21, 2015. She was 21.

A visitation will be 4-7 p.m. today at the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home, when Julia’s family will be in attendance.

Born Nov. 10, 1993, at Bassett Hospital, Julia was a daughter of Kevin Dwayne Klix and Linda Chapman Levandowski.  During the years she attended Cooperstown Central School she was on the swim team and played flute in the band.  She graduated with Honors in the Class of 2011 and attended Le Moyne College in Syracuse.

SINGLE-CAR CRASH KILLS COOPERSTOWN WOMAN, 21

SINGLE-CAR CRASH KILLS

COOPERSTOWN WOMAN, 21

Driver, 23, Charged With Vehicular Manslaughter, DWI

Brandon Lane
Brandon Lane

COOPERSTOWN – A former Cooperstown man is charged with vehicular manslaughter and DWI after a single-car crash at 2:13 a.m. Thursday where a 21-year-old Cooperstown woman was killed.

Charged is Brandon E. Lane, 23, now of Prattsville, was operating a 2001 Mitsubishi Galant northbound when the car went off the east shoulder of Route 80, according to state police at Richfield Springs.

The vehicle became airborne and struck a tree on the passenger side on coming to rest, troopers said.   An investigation determined that Lane was driving while intoxicated when he crashed, according to the police report.

Lane’s front seat passenger Julia A. Levandowski, 21, was deceased at the scene.  Otsego County Corner James Dow ordered the body to be taken to Lourdes Hospital in Binghamton for an autopsy.

20-Year-Old From Massachusetts Driver In Fatal Crash In Richfield

20-Year-Old From Massachusetts

Driver Killed In Richfield Crash

Otsego_County_outline_map_Richfield_redRICHFIELD SPRINGS – Troopers today identified Kaitlin A. Mercier, 20, of Huntington, Mass., as the driver who was killed at 7:30 a.m. Thursday in a single-car crash on Route 20 at Brighton Corners, Town of Richfield.  An autopsy is pending.

Mercier and the single passenger in the car, Amanda Conley, 22, of Brattleboro, Vt., were en route home from a visit to Niagara Falls, police said.  Conley broke her right leg, and was transported to Bassett Hospital for treatment.

The investigation determined that a 1998 Buick was traveling east on US Route 20 when the vehicle drifted into the southbound shoulder and struck the end of the guiderail causing the vehicle to become airborne and then rolled over.

The vehicle came to rest on its passenger side partially submerged in two feet of water in a nearby stream just of the roadway.  Conley was able to exit the vehicle.

Deputies Say Teen Driver Under Influence

Of Drugs, Speeding In Fatal Crash In May

Paul Clark Jr., suspect in fatal South Worcester crash.
Paul Clark Jr.,
suspect in fatal South Worcester crash.

COOPERSTOWN – A teenager from Charlotteville, Schoharie County, is facing aggravated vehicular homicide and other felony charges after he was arrested this week by Otsego County Sheriff’s Deputies.

Paul J. Clark, Jr., 18, was impaired by drugs and speeding when he crashed his Saturn into the back of a Fedex truck on Route 40 near South Worcester shortly after 5 p.m. Friday, May 16, Investigator Michael Ten Eyck reported yesterday.

A passenger, Devon McMahon, died in the crash; a second, Maureen Clark, was seriously injured.

Clark surrendered at the sheriff’s office. He was arraigned by Worcester Judge Brian Keenan and posted a $10,000 bond. If convicted, he faces up to 25 years in prison on the aggravated vehicular homicide charge. D.A. John M. Muehl is prosecuting.

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