Onondaga County Sheriff's deputies have just released the name of the person killed in Monday's deadly crash on Onondaga Lake Parkway.
Mary Denny, 40, of 101 Coolidge Road was killed. She was driving northbound on the Parkway in a Ford Taurus when another driver slammed into her driver's side door, forcing Denny into another car. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
Authorities say it will take several weeks to complete their investigation, although they believe road rage may have played a part.
The Onondaga County Sheriff's Office tells CNY Central that one person has died as a result of a multiple vehicle accident on the Onondaga Lake Parkway. The Parkway was closed in both directions between Interstate 81 and Old Liverpool Road for about four hours.
According to deputies, around 12:30 p.m. a southbound Volkswagen Jetta driven by 22-year-old Matthew Stephan of Theodolite Drive in Baldwinsville crossed the double yellow lines while trying to pass another car at a high rate of speed. After crossing the center lines, police say Stephan's car collided with a northbound Ford Taurus in the driver's side door.
Police say the operator of the Taurus then struck a Chevrolet pickup truck driven by 48-year-old Donna Tartaglia of Oswego Street in Liverpool, and caused Tartaglia off the side of the road. As seen in the accompanying photos, the engine from Stephan TMs Jetta was ripped from its frame and debris was scattered across all four lanes of the Parkway. A fourth vehicle, a Dodge Caravan driven by 35-year-old Robert Phillips of Farrington Road in Cicero, was also traveling north when he inadvertently struck Stephan TMs engine, which was in the middle of the roadway.
Police say the driver of the Taurus was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics. Her name has not yet been released pending notification of family members.
A passenger in the Taurus, 20-year-old Kristen Kelly of Plymouth Drive in Syracuse, sustained non-life threatening injuries and was transported to Upstate University Hospital. Stephan also sustained multiple injures and was transported to University Hospital for treatment. Tartaglia was not injured, but was transported to a local hospital for evaluation. Phillips was not injured.
Deputies shut down all four lanes of traffic for several hours Monday afternoon while they investigated the crash and cleared the scene. The Parkway is expected to reopen around 5:30 p.m.
Deputies believe 'road rage' may have contributed to the crash and are attempting to locate the vehicle Stephan was attempting to pass, which witnesses described as possibly a silver colored older model Nissan sedan operated by a white male with a beard. Deputies believe the driver of this car may have witnessed the crash and may have additional information to assist the investigation.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Sheriff's Office at 425-2111.
Police say they expect charges to be filed against Stephan once investigators complete their probe into the crash.