TOWN OF VERONA, N.Y. — New York State Police are investigating a fatal crash that happened on the New York State Thruway morning.
State police say it happened around 2:30 a.m. just half a mile west of the Verona exit (33) in the westbound lanes.
Troopers said a 2002 Toyota Solara, with four people inside, was disabled and had stopped with its hazard lights on the shoulder of the highway. The driver, identified as 26-year-old Arthur Hunter of Syracuse, was outside the vehicle trying to make mechanical repairs when a 2018 Freighliner Box Truck drifted off the road and struck the rear of the Toyota.
Hunter was pronounced dead at the scene, state police said. Three male passengers, ages 17, 18, and 19, were taken to Upstate University Hospital to be treated for minor injuries.
The driver of the box truck, identified as 42-year-old Remus Parish of Cleveland, Ohio, was taken to Oneida Healthcare Facility for treatment of injuries troopers described as minor. He was issued a ticket for moving from lane unsafely, a violation, according to state police.
The accident remains under investigation.