05 October 2021

  Major Darrin S. Pitkin
  Troop D Commander



On October 5, 2021, at approximately 5:22 a.m., State Police in Elbridge responded to Tessy Plastics located on Route 5 in the town of Elbridge for a reported vehicle that drove into a retention pond behind the business.

The preliminary investigation has determined, a 2007 Mitsubishi Eclipse, driven by Thomas R. Carlton, age 54 from Weedsport, N.Y, an employee at the business, experienced a medical event upon arrival at work. Carlton’s vehicle drove through the parking area, entered the pond, and became submerged.  Rescue efforts were initiated but were unsuccessful. 

Mr. Carlton was pronounced deceased at the scene. An autopsy is scheduled to determine an official cause of death.

State Police were assisted at the scene by the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office, Jordan Fire Department, and Jordan Ambulance.

The investigation is continuing.


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