14 February 2020

  Major Philip T. Rougeux
  Troop D Commander


Last evening, 19-year-old Noah G. Lekki had succumbed to his injuries. The investigation is continuing.

State Police in Marcy is investigating a fatal two-vehicle crash that occurred at the intersection of Bartlett Road and Dix Road in the town of Westmoreland, Oneida County.

The preliminary investigation has revealed, at approximately 3:17 p.m., a 2005 Ford Taurus, operated by Lincoln J. Armstrong, age 17 from Rome, NY was traveling south on Bartlett Road at a high rate of speed when he observed a 2003 Toyota Tundra pickup truck, that was traveling east on Dix Road, begin to cross the intersection with Bartlett Road, after stopping for the stop sign.

Evidence at the scene shows Armstrong attempted to stop the vehicle. However, due to the vehicle’s high rate of speed and other contributing factors, he was unable to stop, striking the pickup truck on the driver’s side door.  The impact of the crash caused the pickup truck to overturn and come to rest on its roof. The driver and sole occupant of the pickup truck, Hector J. Rodriguez, age 42 from Rome, NY, was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Lincoln J. Armstrong was transported to St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Utica and was listed in serious condition.  A passenger in the Ford Taurus, Noah G. Lekki, age 19 from Waterville, NY, was airlifted via Mercy Flight to Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse and is listed in critical condition.

The investigation is continuing.


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