State Police: Driver in I-81 rollover crash stole car, three kids inside

Johnathan P. Nowey (New York State Police)

The driver in the rollover crash on Interstate 81 Friday stole the pickup truck from a family member and had three children with him, according to New York State Police.

31-year-old Johnathan P. Nowey from Lee Massachusetts is charged with criminal possession of stolen property in the third degree, aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, and numerous other vehicle and traffic law violations, according to troopers.

Investigators say driving a Ford F150 southbound on Interstate 81 from Bartell Road when he made an unsafe lane change and then attempted to move back into the center lane where he struck a Honda CRV. The crash led the Honda to leave the west shoulder of the road and roll over twice.

The driver and passenger in the Honda were taken to Upstate University Hospital for injuries sustained during the crash. Officials say both are in stable condition.

State police determined Nowey had a suspended New York State Non-Driver ID and was driving with three kids in the vehicle ages 12, nine, and seven. Officials say seven-year-old was not restrained in a booster seat.

Troopers said none of the children were injured in the crash and were turned over to a family member at the scene. Officials say the investigation revealed the pickup truck Nowey was driving was stolen from a family member in Lee Massachusetts.

Nowey was taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital where he was treated for minor injuries and released into State Police custody.

He was sent to the Onondaga County Justice Center until his arraignment.

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