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16 July 2017
Fatal Motorcycle Crash on Route 20 in Herkimer County

  Major Philip T. Rougeux
  Troop D Commander


State Police in Herkimer are investigating a three vehicle crash that occurred on State Route 20 in the Town of Warren, Herkimer County.

On July 16, 2017 at approximately 12:15pm, a 1996 Dodge van was stopped on Rt. 20 attempting to make a left turn into the driveway at 4152 Route 20 when a 2003 Honda Motorcycle, towing a trailer, failed to observe the vehicle stopped and rear ended the van. The operator of the motorcycle, Douglas A. Woolsey and his passenger, Theresa A. Woolsey were both ejected from the motorcycle which came to rest on its left side in the westbound lane. The force of the crash forced the van into the eastbound lane where it struck a 2004 Jeep, operated by Bruce H. Vanbrink from Cooperstown, NY which then exited the shoulder of the roadway and overturned onto its roof.   

The operator of the Dodge van, Jonathan A. Neitzey, age 23, from Bowie, Maryland was transported to Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown, NY with minor injuries.

Theresa Woolsey, age 46, from Brookfield, NY was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Douglas Woolsey, age 50, from Brookfield, NY was transported to Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown where he was pronounced deceased.

Bruce H. Vanbrink, age 56, from Cooperstown, NY was transported to Bassett Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.

The investigation is continuing.


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