Update: State police say an investigation reveals Trooper Anna had been traveling west on County Route 37 then changed directions to travel east just before the crash in a possible attempt to stop a violator. Now, police are asking anyone who was traveling on County Route 37 in the Town of Hastings around 11:26 p.m. on Friday night, or anyone with information about the crash, to contact State Police in Oneida at (315) 366-6000.
State Police are investigating the death of a trooper late Friday night.
Trooper Amanda Anna, 31, from Liverpool, was in a marked Chevy Tahoe on County Route 37 in Hastings, and apparently lost control on a curve. The SUV hit a guide rail, went airborne and flipped several times. Trooper Anna had severe head injuries and was transported to University hospital, where she died early Saturday morning.
Trooper Anna was a 6-year veteran, assigned to the Hastings barracks. She is survived by a 4-year old son, her fiance, and mother and step-father.
Condolences are already being posted by area law enforcement agencies. And Governor Cuomo has issued this statement:
"I send my condolences to the family and friends of State Trooper Amanda Anna who died early this morning as a result of injuries sustained from a tragic car accident last night while on duty in Oswego County. She was just 31 years old. For the six years that Trooper Anna served as a member of the State Police, she put protecting the people of the State of New York before all else. In addition to her family and friends, Trooper Anna leaves behind a fiancÃ© â?? who also serves as a member of the State Police â?? and a four year old child. They are both in our thoughts and prayers. New York is a safer state as a result of Trooper Anna's commitment and dedication, and we mourn her untimely passing."
In a profession like the police force, a death of a colleague is like a death in the family, and Trooper Jack Keller says Anna's death is being felt throughout not only the region, but the state as well.
"Like anything else," Keller says. "These barracks and these stations throughout Central New York are a very close knit group. Certainly it's more of a family atmosphere and it was extremely tough and emotional this morning."
With her family in mind, Anna braved the elements every single day she put on her uniform, something that is not taken lightly by any Trooper on duty.
"When you put the uniform on there's some expectance of a risk," Keller says. "But, when we arrive to a scene such as this, it's even harder when it's one of our own."
Keller says police officials are in the process of planning a proper memorial service for Anna, so that people can "celebrate" her life and the "true hero" that she was.