Three people with ties to Onondaga Community College died in a two-car accident overnight in the Town of Onondaga and the driver of the vehicle that hit them is facing charges.
The suspect, who state police identified as 30-year-old Anthony Saccone of Camillus, was arraigned Friday night. Bail was set at $100,00. Family and friends were at the courthouse for the arraignment.
Multiple emergency crews responded to the scene at the intersection of Onondaga Boulevard and Onondaga Road at 3:40 a.m. Friday. State police say a Chevrolet Impala was going through the intersection when it was t-boned by a GMC Arcadia SUV. State police believe the SUV had run through a red light.
State police said three people in the Impala died in the crash; the driver of the SUV that struck them fled the scene, state police said.
Authorities used dogs to track Saccone, to a nearby house and questioned him. He now faces charges of leaving the scene of a deadly accident and DWI. State police said more charges may come as in the investigation continues.
Onondaga Community College says two of the victims were current students; the third was a former student who was enrolled as recently as fall 2017. The victims have been identified as:
- 19-year-old Baylie Rose, a former OCC student who was driving the car
- 18-year-old Michael Walker, an OCC student majoring in Business Administration
- 20-year-old Samra Osmanovic, an OCC student majoring in Human Services
OCC said grief counselors on campus are available for anyone who needs them.
On Friday the sign at the entrance of the college said, "Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of the accident victims."
The North Syracuse Central School District said Friday that all three victims had also previously attended schools within its district. The district said the Cicero-North Syracuse High School will open Saturday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. to make counselors available.
“We are deeply saddened by this tragic event that has touched many throughout our community. Our thoughts are with the families at this difficult time.” - Superintendent of Schools Annette Speach
In a statement to CNYCentral Friday evening, a member of Anthony Saccone's family said:
Our family would like to express its deepest sympathy during this terrible time.
We're all grieving.