According to Oneida County Sheriff Robert Maciol, on February 16, 2023, at approximately 9:50 A.M., Road Patrol Deputies responded to the vicinity of State Route 233 and Sutliff Road in the Town of Whitestown for reports of a personal injury motor vehicle accident involving two vehicles.

Though the accident is still being investigated by the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office Forensics Unit and Criminal Investigation Unit, it was discovered that a 51-year-old female from the City of Rome, Terrie A. Kirk, was operating a 2002 Mitsubishi Mirage in a southerly direction on State Route 233 in the Town of Whitestown when she left her lane of travel and entered the northbound lane of travel. Once in the northbound lane of travel, Kirk’s vehicle struck a 2015 Jeep Cherokee being operated by a 76-year-old female from the Town of Marshall, Valerie C. Fuller, who was traveling northerly on State Route 233. Kirk was airlifted via Mercy Flight to Upstate Hospital where she has been listed in critical condition. Fuller was transported to St. Elizabeth’s Hospital for reports of neck and chest pain and her injuries do not appear to be life threatening.

The Oneida County Sheriff’s Office was assisted on scene by the Whitestown Police Department, the New York State Police, the Westmoreland Fire Department, the Oriskany Fire Department, the Stanwix Heights Fire Department, C.O.V.A.C Ambulance Service, and Mercy Flight. During the investigation, a portion of State Route 233 was closed and has now been re-opened for traffic. At this time, the investigation is still ongoing to determine what caused Kirk’s vehicle to leave her lane of travel. The Sheriff's Office is asking anyone that might have witnessed the accident to contact Investigator Paravati at 315-765-2334.