A driver who sped away from police after a traffic stop in the village of Skaneateles was struck and killed by a tractor trailer on Interstate 690 in the town of Geddes, the Onondaga County Sheriff's Office said Thursday.
Deputies said the series of events began at 12:21 a.m. Thursday when a Skaneateles police officer pulled over a dark-colored Honda sedan that was traveling on East Genesee Street in the village with several equipment violations.
The vehicle, which had two male occupants, initially stopped for police. But as soon as the officer began approaching the vehicle, the car sped away.
The officer followed the vehicle northbound on Route 321 toward the town of Camillus. When the car reached the intersection of Route 321 and Route 5, the passenger fled on foot into a wooded area. The car headed northbound on Bennetts Corners Road.
A search began for the passenger. Onondaga County sheriff's deputies, along with a K-9 unit and an Air1 helicopter were involved in the search. The passenger was found hiding behind Motel Thomas in Camillus, police said.
The name of the passenger wasn't released. He was identified as a 16-year-old from Elbridge. Authorities say he was cooperating with the Skaneateles Police Department's investigation.
After the teen suspect was apprehended, the sheriff's office said, a deputy traveling westbound on Route 5 near Newport Road observed the Honda traveling eastbound at a high rate of speed. The deputy pursued the vehicle and found it disabled and unoccupied near the on ramp to Interstate 690 east from Route 695 north.
As deputies searched for the driver, they encountered a tractor trailer stopped along the shoulder of I-690 east west of the Route 695 interchange. They soon found that the driver of the Honda had been struck by the tractor trailer.
The driver of the Honda, whose name wasn't released, was a 22-year-old man from East Syracuse. He was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.
The name of the tractor trailer driver wasn't released. Authorities said he is from Cuddebackville and wasn't injured.
The eastbound lanes of I-690 were closed for several hours as the sheriff's office conducted its accident investigation.
The entire incident remained under investigation Thursday, deputies said.