12 September 2022

  Major Michael S. TenEyck
  Troop D Commander




 On September 28, 2022, Heather J. Wills, age 38 from Syracuse, NY was released from the hospital and charged with the following:

  • Assault 2nd degree, a class "D" felony
  • Vehicular Assault 2nd degree, a class "E" felony
  • DWAI-Drugs, an unclassified misdemeanor
  • Driving the Wrong Way on a one-way street, a violation
  • Moved from Lane unsafely, a violation
  • Failure to Keep Right, a violation

Wills was arraigned in centralized arraignment court and remanded to the Onondaga County Justice Center on $10,000 bail.

Both victims in the van continue to be assisted by the State Police Crime Victims Advocate and are recovering from their injuries.

State Police in Lysander is investigating a three-vehicle crash that occurred on State Route 690 (southbound) in the town of Van Buren, Onondaga County.

On September 12, 2022, at 12:20 p.m., a 2006 Chevrolet pickup truck, operated by Heather J. Wills, age 38 from Syracuse, NY, was traveling northbound on State Route 690 when she struck a guard rail, drove through the center grass median and then traveled northbound in the southbound lane where she struck a 2019 Dodge Caravan head-on.   Wills was transported to Upstate University Hospital with internal injuries and listed in stable condition.

The operator of the Caravan, Russell A. Baker, age 43, from Baldwinsville, NY, and a 15-year-old passenger were both transported to Upstate University Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.    

A 2019 Nissan Rogue, operated by Dorinda D. Justiniano, age 61 from Baldwinsville, which was following the Caravan, was unable to avoid striking the rear of the Caravan. She was not injured in the crash.

Charges against Heather Wills are pending for DWAI-Drugs once she is released from the hospital. A State Police Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) determined she was under the influence of drugs just before the crash.

State Police were assisted at the scene by the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office.

The investigation is continuing.


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