According to Oneida County Sheriff Robert Maciol, at approximately 7:00 AM on August 16, 2022, Road Patrol Deputies were dispatched to Skinner Road in the Town of Lee for reports of a personal injury motor vehicle accident.

Upon arrival, it was discovered that a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu being driven by a Shirley A. Fox, 61, was traveling eastbound on Brookfield Road when her vehicle left the roadway and entered the north shoulder of the roadway. After leaving the roadway, Fox’s vehicle struck a utility pole causing extensive damage to the pole and vehicle. Fox’s vehicle then continued to travel east on Brookfield Road before entering a yard and striking a tree which stopped the vehicle. Deputies along with members of the Lee Center Fire Department attempted to perform lifesaving measures on Fox but she was pronounced deceased on scene.

The Oneida County Sheriff’s Office was assisted on scene by the Lee Center Fire Department, the Onondaga County Medical Examiner’s Office, and National Grid. During the investigation, the intersection of Skinner Road and Brookfield Road was closed and it will continue to be closed for the next few hours until National Grid fixes the utility pole. At this time, the investigation is ongoing to determine what caused Fox’s vehicle to leave the roadway.