14 June 2021
Major Ruben A. Oliver
Troop B Commander


On June 12, 2021, at approximately 1:08 p.m., State Police responded to Island Branch Road in Gouverneur for a report of a UTV crash.

An investigation revealed that 52-year-old Vernon W. Fuller Jr. of Gouverneur was operating a 2021 Honda 1000 UTV, and traveling east on Island Branch Road, when he lost control negotiating a curve. The UTV exited the roadway striking a large rock on the north shoulder, then rolled down a large steep embankment, coming to rest in a cow pasture. Fuller was partially ejected and died as a result of the crash. St. Lawrence County Coroner June Wood authorized removal of the body to the Canton Potsdam Hospital where an autopsy is scheduled for June 14, 2021, at 5:30 p.m. This investigation is continuing.

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