The name of the deceased female passenger is Gorgene A. Schmidtka, 72, Oneida NY.


Three Car Motor Vehicle Accident

According to Oneida County Sheriff Robert Maciol the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office responded to a three car motor vehicle accident that occurred on 04/26/23 at approximately 4:48 PM. Deputies responded to Route 5 in the Town of Vernon near the intersection of Bleeker Road.

Through investigation, it was determined that MaryKay Neville, 60, of Clinton was headed East on Route 5 for an unknown reason crossed over the center of the roadway striking a vehicle headed Westbound head on. That vehicle was being driven by Viola Ducatte, 77, of Canastota. Ducatte’s front seat passenger was pronounced deceased at the scene. Neville’s vehicle then struck a second Westbound vehicle driven by a Patricia Miles, 63, of Oneida before coming to rest in the ditch on the North side of Route 5. Neville, Ducatte, and Miles were all treated at the scene and transported to area hospitals with non-life threatening injuries.

The Oneida County Sheriff’s Office Patrol was assisted on the scene by The New York State Police, The Oneida County District Attorney’s Office, Vernon Fire Department, Vernon Center Fire Department, Westmoreland Fire Department, and Vineall Ambulance. The accident was reconstructed by the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office, and the investigation into the cause of the accident remains open.

***The name of the deceased passenger will be released when the next of kin has been notified***