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The Telegram
  • Troopers: Charges not likely in fatal Thruway roll-over crash

  • It’s unlikely anybody will ever face charges in connection to a roll-over crash on the state Thruway that killed a Virginia woman and injured eight others Sunday afternoon, police said.

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  • It’s unlikely anybody will ever face charges in connection to a roll-over crash on the state Thruway that killed a Virginia woman and injured eight others Sunday afternoon, police said.
    The driver – Jennifer Hodson, 42, of Houston, Texas – was in good condition Monday at University Hospital in Syracuse after the 2004 Chevrolet Express van she was driving swerved off the road, re-entered the highway and then rolled over several times in the eastbound lane of the Thruway that passes through Herkimer.
    Tanya Evans, 67, of Annandale, Va., was pronounced dead at the scene by Herkimer County Coroner Vincent Enea, police said.
    The reason why Hodson initially swerved in the roadway is still unknown pending further investigation, police said. Speed was not a factor, and there was no indication that drugs or alcohol played a role, they said.
    “When you have a fatality, it’s always a big investigation,” said Trooper Jason Jones, state police Troop T public information officer. “But as of right now, it doesn’t look like any charges will be filed and we’re just trying to determine if distracted driving was responsible.”
    Two other passengers – a 13-year-old boy and a 14-year-old girl – were also being treated at the Intensive Care Unit at University Hospital, but their conditions were not being released, police officials said. 
    The remaining five passengers have already been treated and released from other local hospitals, police said.
    The state police Troop D collision reconstruction unit responded to the scene shortly after the 1 p.m. accident, which closed both eastbound lanes for about four hours.
    Eastbound traffic was diverted off Interstate 90 at Exit 34A into Syracuse, with traffic then being sent down Interstate 81 to Route 20. Drivers were then allowed to re-enter the Thruway at Exit 25A in Duanesburg.
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