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Sheriff’s Deputies Release More Information On I-81 Crash

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Note: Updated with identities of the victim and one driver.

From I-81 N approaching Exit 12 Homer. (Cortland County Sheriff’s Dept photo)

One person died in an early morning accident Sunday on 81 North just south of the Homer exit (12).

Cortland County Sheriff’s deputies were called at about 2:30.

Captain Robert Derksen says deputies found a 2008 Kia Optima had struck guide rails on both sides of the road before coming to rest on the pavement.

The four people inside got out, but one was hit by a 2015 Mustang driven by Andrew Roy, 29, of Willow Spring, North Carolina and was killed.

The victim was identified as Aaron Rosario, 22, of Syracuse.

The others in both cars were checked by medics on scene. Their names were not released by police.

The interstate was closed for about 9.5 hours until just after noon for the investigation and accident reconstruction.

The Sheriff’s office was assisted by State Police, Homer Police, Cortland Police, the Homer Fire Department, Cortland Fire Department, TLC Ambulance and NYSDOT.

2008 Kia Optima – which hit both guide rails before coming to a rest on the road.

This 2015 Mustang hit a person outside of the Kia, killing him.

The accident scene, just north of Exit 12, I-81 N

Link: More photos in earlier story

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