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AG investigating after teen killed in pursuit involving stolen SUV from Tompkins County

The state Attorney General’s Office has launched an investigation into an accident that left one teenager dead and three others seriously hurt.

A deputy was also injured in the crash, which stemmed from a pursuit.

Around 10:15 p.m. deputies observed an SUV driving through a red light at the intersection of Route 281 and West Main Street, according to a news release.


The deputy attempted a traffic stop, but the driver of the SUV failed to comply. A brief pursuit followed and both vehicles lost control while attempting to negotiate a turn along an I-81 on-ramp.

A passenger in the SUV, which police confirmed was a stolen vehicle died. Three other teens, between the ages of 15 and 16, were also hurt in the wreck and transported to Upstate Medical Center. The deputy, who was not identified, suffered minor injuries.

The AG’s office launched an investigation into the crash shortly after the incident was reported by state police.

The SUV was stolen from the William George Agency for Children’s Services in Tompkins County.



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