26 September 2020
 
  NEW YORK STATE POLICE 
 
Major Jennifer Gottstine
   Troop T Commander
 
 


PRESS RELEASE
 

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Trooper Randi L. Murphy-Motley, assigned to SP Buffalo, was sitting in her patrol car behind a Budget rental truck with the emergency lights activated.  The driver of the truck was previously transported to Erie County Medical Center. 

 

While waiting for a tow truck to respond, a 2020 Chevy Tahoe, failed to move over and struck Trooper Murphey-Motley’s car.  The driver of the Tahoe, 25-year-old Devere D. Thomas, and passenger Karmella M. Hutcherson, 19, both of Buffalo, NY, were transported to ECMC for minor injuries. 

 

Trooper Murphy-Motley, an 18-year veteran of the State Police, was transported for serious injuries and has since been released. 

 

The investigation remains ongoing.   

 

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On September 26, 2020, at approximately 5:40 a.m. the New York State Police investigated a serious personal injury crash involving a State Police patrol car that occurred on I-190 northbound in the city of Buffalo, Erie County. 

 

A preliminary investigation has determined that the State Trooper was parked on the shoulder, investigating an unrelated accident, at mile marker 7.6.  The Trooper was awaiting a tow for a Budget rental truck when the Dodge Charger patrol car was struck from behind by a Chevrolet Tahoe.  The collision caused the troop car to be pushed into the rental truck.     

 

The Trooper was transported to Erie County Medical Center for serious, non-threatening injuries.  The two occupants of the Chevy Tahoe were also transported to ECMC for minor injuries.

 

Troop A BCI and Collision Reconstruction Unit (CRU) responded to the scene to assist. 

 

The names are being withheld at this time as the investigation continues.  More information will be released when possible.      

 

 

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