Broome County Sheriff: Man killed when hit by vehicle while crossing unlit Route 26


(Town of Maine) – On Friday, October 14, 2022, about 9:22 p.m., Broome County Sheriff’s Office patrols responded to the area of 2633 State Route 26 in the Town of Maine for a reported accident involving a car and a pedestrian. Upon arrival of deputies, emergency personnel bystanders were performing cardio-pulmonary resuscitation on a male, who was later identified as John F. Meehan, MD., 78, of Binghamton. Meehan was listed as an ophthalmologist “knowledgeable in the latest eye procedures” on the website of Binghamton Eye Associates, 33 Mitchell Ave., Binghamton. 

A subsequent police investigation determined that Mr. Meehan was walking in an easterly direction across State Route 26, in the area of Frank’s Italian Restaurant, when he entered the northbound lane and walked directly in front of a vehicle that was traveling northbound on State Route 26. The vehicle, a 2017 Nissan 370Z, was operated by Bernard Allen, 77, of Endicott.

Mr. Meehan was transported to UHS Wilson Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

State Route 26 was closed to traffic for approximately three hours. Broome County Sheriff’s Office accident reconstruction team and a detective responded to the scene for further investigation. Witnesses reported that Mr. Allen was not traveling at an excessive speed; nor did he exhibit any signs of being impaired. Upon inspecting the vehicle, no defects were found. The posted speed limit is 35 miles per hour. The roadway is unlit and there is no crosswalk where the accident occurred. No traffic tickets nor charges have been filed at the time of this release issued by Capt. Kathleen Newcomb.