Death toll in Tioga County pedestrian crash rises to 3

Published: Feb. 16, 2023 at 10:40 AM EST
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NEWARK VALLEY (WBNG) -- Three people are confirmed dead after a vehicle struck pedestrians on a highway in Tioga County Wednesday morning.

Tioga County Sheriff’s Captain Shawn Nalepa said four people in total were struck on Route 38 in Newark Valley. The killed were identified as 66-year-old John Stephens, 25-year-old Kurtis Acker and 52-year-old Doreen Wood; all are from Newark Valley.

The fourth, a 27-year-old woman, was flown to Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse and remains in critical condition.

Authorities said the four were struck by a black 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe driven by an 18-year-old man. He cooperated with investigators and remained at the scene of the crash.

The circumstances surrounding the crash were not released but the sheriff’s office said the incident remains under investigation.

Wednesday afternoon, Tioga County officials said at least one person was killed in the crash.

Crews shut down Route 38 between Wilson Creek Road and Brown for a majority of the day Wednesday as emergency personnel worked at the scene. Multiple emergency agencies responded to the incident, including some from Broome County.