According to Oneida County Sheriff Robert M. Maciol, On October 2, 2021, at about 2300 hrs, Deputies responded to the intersection of State Route 26 and Dewey Rd in the Town of Westmorland for a reported Motor Vehicle accident involving a pedestrian.

Bruce C Converse, of Rome, was traveling north on State Route 26 when he observed a person in the roadway, who was later identified as, Claudia McNair, of Rome. Converse tried to avoid McNair but was unable to do so and struck her with his vehicle. It was found that McNair was in the roadway attempting to solicit a ride from passing motorists. McNair was transported from the scene to St. Elizabeth's Hospital for further treatment. McNair suffered minor injuries to her head and lower body and her injuries do not appear to be life threatening. At this time no tickets have been issued.

The Oneida County Sheriff's Office was assisted on scene by Stanwix Heights Fire Department, AmCare Ambulance, and New York State Police. ​