13 July 2020
Major Ruben A. Oliver
Troop B Commander

On July 10, 2020, at approximately 11:50 a.m., State Police responded to a UTV accident at a residence on State Route 458 in the town of Waverly.  An investigation revealed that a UTV operated by Alexander C. Lafountain, 24, of Moira, was assisting with the unloading of firewood from a UTV inside a woodshed on the property.  While Lafountain was backing into the woodshed, 73-year-old Belna-Jo A. Woods, who was standing inside the woodshed, was struck and pinned between the UTV and the wood pile.  She was treated at the scene by members of the St. Regis Falls Fire and Rescue Department and subsequently transported to the Canton-Potsdam Hospital. She was later flown to the State University of New York Upstate Medical University in Syracuse for further treatment.  Woods succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced deceased at 4:39 p.m.

On July 11, 2020, an autopsy was performed by the Onondaga County Medical Examiner’s Office.  The cause of death was determined to be blunt impact as a result of the accident.  The manner of death was ruled accidental.


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