17 January 2020
NEW YORK STATE POLICE
Major Philip T. Rougeux
Troop D Commander
State Police is investigating a fatal two-vehicle crash that occurred on State Route 3 in the town of Diana, Lewis County.
On January 16, 2020, at approximately 4:40 p.m., a 2010 Ford pickup truck, operated by Kevin W. Martin, age 63 from Carthage, NY was traveling south on State Route 3 when he noticed a 2001 Jeep Cherokee, operated by Dylan C. Richards, age 19 from Harrisville, NY that was traveling north on Rt. 3, cross over into his lane in an attempt to pass another uninvolved vehicle. Martin swerved his vehicle in an attempt to avoid striking the Jeep, however, the Jeep struck his vehicle head-on.
Dylan C. Richards was pronounced deceased at the scene. Martin and a 63-year-old passenger, Robert Ayers were transported to Carthage Area Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
The investigation is continuing.