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14 September 2019
A 10-Year-Old Boy Airlifted to Syracuse Hospital after being struck while riding his bike
NEW YORK STATE POLICE
Major Philip T. Rougeux
Troop D Commander
On September 13, 2019, at approximately 4:14 P.M. State Police was requested by Town of Webb Police Chief Ron Johnston to assist with a serious injury crash that occurred in the Ace Hardware store parking lot on State Route 28 in the village of Old Forge.
Preliminary investigation at the scene revealed a 2005 Dodge Ram pickup truck, operated by Peter S. Gaffney, age 48 from Old Forge, NY was traveling south on State Route 28 in the village of Old Forge when he was making a right hand turn into the parking lot of the Ace Hardware store, he failed to see a 10-year-old male riding a bicycle northbound on the sidewalk. The child was struck with the front passenger side of the pickup truck and was trapped under the vehicle for an extended period. The child was airlifted to Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse with internal injuries and is listed in serious condition.
Due to the particulars of the case, The driver involved is a town DPW supervisor. The child's father, being a retired member of the Webb Police Department, Chief Johnston requested the investigation be handled by the New York State Police.
The investigation is continuing.
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