According to Oneida County Sheriff Robert Maciol, on June 19th, 2024, at approximately 11:17 am, Road Patrol Deputies responded to State Route 46, in the Town of Western, for a personal injury motor vehicle accident.

Upon arrival, it was discovered that there were three separate vehicles involved in the motor vehicle crash. A 2002 Ford F-250 being operated by James R. Shaughnessy, 69 of Canastota, NY was traveling southbound on Route 46 when he struck the mirror of a 2017 Ford F250 being operated by, Anthony J. Donatelli, 50 of Forestport, NY. Donatelli was traveling northbound on Route 46. The initial collision was followed by Shaughnessy losing control of his vehicle and entering the northbound lane where a third vehicle was struck head on. The operator of this vehicle was pronounced deceased at the scene. Shaughnessy was ejected from his vehicle as a result of the crash. He was transported to SUNY Upstate, via Mercy Flight, for non life-threatening injuries. Donatelli, was not injured during the crash and only sustained property damage to his vehicle.

The Oneida County Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigation Unit is still investigating the crash, to determine additional factors that may have been involved. Anyone who may have witnessed this accident and has not been interviewed by members of the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office, is encouraged to contact Investigator N. Marcano at (315)765-2715. The name of the deceased will not be released at this time, pending next of kin notification.

The Oneida County Sheriff's Office was assisted on scene by the Town of Western Volunteer Fire Department, Amcare Ambulance, Mercy Flight, and the New York State Police.