Skip to content
Home » Cayuga County » Aurelius » Officials remind drivers to use caution in work zones after two fatal incidents last week in Finger Lakes

Officials remind drivers to use caution in work zones after two fatal incidents last week in Finger Lakes

  • / Updated:
  • Staff Report 

A Thruway maintenance worker, Mark Vara, 58, remains in guarded condition following a tragic accident on Interstate 90 near exit 47 last Thursday afternoon. Vara and his colleague, 62-year-old Vincent Giammarva, were struck by a truck while working in a designated work zone. Giammarva was pronounced dead at the scene. Another crash, which happened in the town of Aurelius in another work zone, according to state police, resulted in one fatality as well.

Finger Lakes Partners (Billboard)

The driver in the Thruway wreck, a 64-year-old from the Syracuse area, has been cooperating with the ongoing investigation led by state police. While drugs and alcohol have been ruled out as factors, the precise cause of the accident is still under investigation. Troopers indicated that the accident reconstruction unit’s analysis might take months to complete.

This incident underscores a broader concern about roadway safety in work zones, emphasized by recent state efforts to improve conditions. Last year, nearly 3,000 tickets were issued for speeding and distracted driving in work zones, accompanied by legislative measures such as automated speeding tickets and the expanded Move Over Law. Trooper Crane urged drivers to remain vigilant, especially in work zones, to prevent future tragedies.