UPDATE 11:54 AM: An Owego teenager is dead and a Port Crane man is in custody charged with felony first-degree vehicular manslaughter following a hit and run crash Saturday night in the Town of Fenton. The Broome County Sheriff’s Office said the incident took place at about 10:10 Saturday night on State Route 369. Sheriff David Harder said 16-year-old Constance F. Mazzarese of Paige Street in Owego was fatally injured when an SUV crossed the highway, struck her, and never stopped. A second bicyclist was unhurt.
The driver of the SUV was identified as Michael Gincerowski Jr. of Rogers Road in Port Crane. The sheriff said he was operating a 2005 Ford Escape SUV when the collision occurred. Gincerowski is charged with Vehicular Manslaughter 1st degree, a class C felony; Leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death, a class D felony; Driving while intoxicated, a class E felony and aggravated unlicensed operation 1st degree, a class E felony. The Broome County District Attorney’s Office assisted the Sheriff’s Office in obtaining a blood seizure order for the driver’s blood. Toxicology results are pending at this time. Gincerowski was arraigned and remanded to jailed to awaiting further court action.
The sheriff said the driver and his vehicle were found about a mile from the scene when he was taken into custody. The sheriff released a statement late Sunday morning that the roadway where the collision occurred is not lit and the bicyclist was not wearing safety equipment nor reflective clothing.
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BREAKING NEWS: An unidentified teenager was killed late Saturday night when hit by an SUV while riding a bicycle on Route 369 in the Town of Fenton. A second bicyclist, also a teenager, was not injured. The driver of the SUV who left the scene was located and arrested after the accident at a nearby home.
Broome County Sheriff David Harder authorized this news release early Sunday morning.
Broome County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a motor vehicle accident involving an SUV and a bicycle on Route 369 in the Town of Fenton at 10:10 p.m. Saturday. When deputies arrived, they learned the SUV involved in the crash had left the area and headed north. A short time later, a New York State Trooper located the vehicle, which was disabled, about one mile north of the crash. The driver was located at a nearby residence and taken into custody. The driver, who was not identified, is under arrest and charges are pending.
An investigation into early morning Sunday determined two teenaged bicyclists were riding on the east shoulder of the road, between the white fog line and the edge of the pavement, headed south towards Port Crane. An SUV-type vehicle was traveling north on Route 369 and, for an unknown reason, swerved from its lane, striking one of the bicyclists. The bicyclist was ejected from the bicycle and came to rest in the brush off the east side of the road. The bicyclist suffered serious injury and did not survive.
The Broome County Sheriff’s Office accident reconstruction unit processed the scene for several hours, taking measurements for a full reconstruction. The names of the persons involved were not released early Sunday due to the ongoing investigation.
Broome County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the New York State Police, the Port Crane Fire Department and the Broome County Office of Emergency Services.