UTICA, NY (WUTR/WFXV/WPNY) — New York State Police are investigating a crash that has killed one person in the town of Whitestown after he drove off following a previous traffic stop.
Officers responded to a traffic stop on State Route 365 near Blackmans Corners Road in the Town of Verona at approximately 2 am on Tuesday, November 7. There, they stopped a vehicle driven by the suspect — 24-year-old Harold Griswold of Utica — for driving 85 miles per hour in a 55 miles-per hour zone. As they began to interview him, Griswold allegedly abruptly rolled up the window and drove away at a high rate of speed.
Officers then initiated traffic pursuit, which led them eastbound onto State Route 365, then onto Lamphear Road. Griswold then drove through a red light at the intersection of State Route 233 and Rome-Oriskany Road, turning onto Rome-Oriskany Road before making a turn onto Monument Road. The vehicle then continued on Monument Road before going westbound onto Sutliff Road.
Officers then lost sight of Griswold’s vehicle. However, as they were approaching the intersection of State Route 233 and Monument Road, they found that the vehicle had crashed into a tree and came to rest on the front lawn of a residence on State Route 233.
Griswold was transported to Rome Health Hospital, then transferred to Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse with severe internal injuries. His condition is unknown at this time. His passenger, 22-year-old Shana Reahoo Chourb of Utica, was also transported to Rome Health Hospital, where she was pronounced deceased.
State Police were assisted at the scene by the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office.
The incident is still under investigation by the New York State Police, the Oneida County District Attorney’s Office, and the New York State Attorney General’s Office.