Police say trucker who hit pedestrian was on his cell phone

The Onondaga County Sheriff's Office says a Solvay trucker was talking on his cell phone when he struck and killed a 92-year-old pedestrian in a crosswalk.

Gerald Merriman of Marietta died Nov. 10 after he was struck by a tractor-trailer driven by David Prentice on Route 80 in Otisco, 13 miles southwest of Syracuse. Deputies initially attributed the accident to poor weather conditions and visibility, and Prentice wasn't ticketed.

But Deputy Herb Wiggins says a subsequent investigation showed Prentice was on his cell phone at the time.

Prentice is to be arraigned Oct. 7 on traffic tickets for a crosswalk violation and using a mobile device while driving.