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Serious Motor Vehicle Accident In Oswego – Three Confirmed Dead

Fatal accident update

Oswego Police have identified the victims of Tuesday night’s triple fatal MVA in the Port City.

The victims of the one car MVA have been identified as follows:

Robert L. Senke, DOB: 2/14/1987, 270 W Eighth St Oswego, NY

Justin M. Purdy, DOB: 3/17/1988, 7433 SR 104 Oswego, NY

Antonio Mendez, 9/17/1983, 17 Yates Ave Oswego, NY

Donald M. Odin, 1/11/1986, 23 Butternut Dr. Oswego, NY

Jeremy W. Tassie, 4/17/1990, 77 Eisenhower Ave Oswego, NY

Odin (the registered owner of the vehicle) and Tassie were transported to Upstate Medical Center where they were treated for injuries and are expected to recover.

Senke (the driver), Purdy, and Mendez were declared dead on the scene.

Preliminary investigation indicates that all occupants of the vehicle had consumed alcohol prior to the crash and that speed may have been a factor.

Reports indicate that the group had left Tassie’s residence a few minutes prior to the accident and were heading to apartments on City Line Road.

The Oswego City Police were assisted on scene by the Oswego City Fire Department, NYSP Accident Reconstruction, US Border Patrol, Oswego County Sheriff’s Department and Oswego Speedway staff.


City police won’t be releasing any names of the persons involved in the multiple fatal MVA until sometime Wednesday.

Three people died in a one-car crash Tuesday night on East Albany Street near Shampine Drive. Two other people in the car are hospitalized in critical condition.

Three people died in a one-car crash Tuesday night on East Albany Street near Shampine Drive. Two other people in the car are hospitalized in critical condition.

“Three people died and two got transported (to a Syracuse hospital),” said Oswego Police Captain David Lizotte. “We haven’t gotten any updates on them.”

Assisting OPD at the scene were State Police, Oswego County Sheriff’s Department, Oswego Fire Department, and Border Patrol.

Speed likely is a factor in the crash, Lizotte added.

“We are waiting for the State Police to finish their investigation,” he said. “They are doing the accident reconstruction.”

Police got a report of a one-vehicle shortly after 8 p.m. Five people were in the vehicle; three are confirmed dead and two are being treated at Upstate. They were all “young people,” according to police.

“Our officers go through a lot of training. When they get in a situation like this, they revert back to that training,” the captain explained. “Once they go home they will decompress.”

Some family members of the victims arrived at the scene shortly after the accident. They were assisted by OPD officers.

“We let them know what occurred to the best of our knowledge and assist them in their situations,” Lizotte said.

A pair of hearses arrived around 11 p.m. to transport the deceased victims from the scene.


The Oswego City Police Department is investigating a one-car motor vehicle accident that occurred at approximately 8:13 this evening (June 5, 2012).

The accident occurred on East Albany Street at Shampine Drive (near the Oswego Speedway) in the city of Oswego.

Preliminary information indicates that the vehicle was traveling eastbound on East Albany Street when it collided with a utility pole.

Five people occupied the vehicle including the operator. Three of the occupants were confirmed deceased at the scene. The two remaining occupants were transported to Upstate Hospital in Syracuse, NY.

East Albany Street between East 13th Street and City Line Road will remain closed for several hours as the investigation continues.

Motorists are encouraged to use alternate routes while driving in the area.

Further updates are expected tomorrow morning (June 6, 2012).

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