NYSP: Fort Drum woman, two passengers injured in multi-vehicle crash on I-81

PULASKI, NY — On Sept. 10, 2019, at 8:30 p.m., State Police responded to Interstate 81 in the village of Pulaski in  Oswego County for a reported three-vehicle crash.

The preliminary investigation has revealed, a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu, operated by Darien H. Hill, 22, Watertown, NY, was traveling northbound in the driving lane,  and preoccupied on her cell phone,  swerved to avoid striking a 2019 Toyota pickup truck, operated by Joseph F. Thompson, 50, Coatesville, PA, and loses control causing her vehicle to strike the pickup truck, a guild rail and eventually comes to rest facing south in the northbound lane, troopers said.

Hill was issued (3) tickets: Operating a motor vehicle while using a mobile telephone, second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation and third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation. Hill was not injured in the crash.

A 2017 Subaru, operated by Amber L. Mitchell, 21, Fort Drum, NY, was traveling northbound in the passing lane on Interstate 81, unaware of the Malibu that was involved in the previous crash which was facing southbound, struck the Chevrolet Malibu, veers into the driving lane and subsequently strikes the rear of a tow truck which was parked on the east shoulder of the driving lane, troopers said.

Mitchell was transported by Northern Oswego County Ambulance to Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse with internal injuries.

Two passengers in Mitchell’s vehicle, 21-year-old Maddison A. Johnson was transported by McFee Ambulance to Upstate University Hospital and was treated and released. A 1-year-old child passenger, seated in a child restraint, was transported by McFee Ambulance to Upstate University Hospital’s Pediatric Emergency Department  in Syracuse for a minor facial injury.

A front-seat passenger in the tow-truck, Mikayla R Ames, age 20 was transported to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Syracuse with a minor head injury. She was treated and released.

The investigation is continuing.