6-Year-Old Boy Killed in Richland Accident

State Police in Pulaski are investigating a fatal car/pedestrian accident that occurred on County Route 2, in the town of Richland.

At approximately 12:40 p.m. today (Jan. 9), a 2002 Dodge Durango was traveling westbound on County Route 2 when 6-year-old Amish boy, identified as Jonathan L. Swartzentruber, entered the roadway after his hat was blown off his head from a wind gust.

The driver, Ronald S. Smith, 50, from Richland, attempted to take evasive action but is unable to avoid striking the boy.

Jonathan was transported to Oswego Hospital by NOCA ambulance and was pronounced deceased at the hospital.

No charges are pending against the driver.

The investigation is continuing.