Reflections and updates
of fallen heroes and community members
Joseph Doerfler - May
Joseph Doerfler, 18, was killed in an automobile accident on Breed Road in Camillus, when the driver of the vehicle, Daniel Perkins lost control of his Chevy Cobalt. Perkins was traveling at a high rate of speed over a crest of a hill heading northbound on Breed Road.
The vehicle traveled several hundred yards off the road before finally landing upside down in a field. Doerfler was pronounced dead at the scene. Perkins pleaded not guilty to charges of criminally negligent homicide in Camillus Town Court on Dec. 13 and was released on his own reconnaissance.
The case will now be handed over to a grand jury.
David Prior - Sept.
After marching in the Skaneateles Labor Day Parade, David Prior, 50, suffered a heart attach and died. Prior had been a volunteer fire fighter at the Elbridge Fire Department for 24 years -- nine of which he was assistant chief. His death marked the loss of another great community volunteer.
Trooper Craig Todeschini - April
Trooper Craig Todeschini was killed while pursuing a speeding motorcyclist in the town of Pompey in April. Todeschini died when his vehicle hit a tree; he was a Camillus resident and a graduate of West Genesee High School. After his death his family worked tirelessly with government officials in order to move a bill through the Senate and Assembly, which would make it a felony to flee from a police officer. It only took eight weeks for the bill to pass the Assembly and Senate. In the final step, the bill was approved and enacted into law by Governor George Pataki. The Craig Todeschini Law consists of a series of misdemeanor and felony offenses for those who recklessly flee from police officers at high rates of speed. James Carncross was recently convicted of aggravated criminally negligent homicide, which carries a 20-year maximum sentence. He will be sentenced on Jan. 10. Todeschini was a well-respected Trooper, son, husband and father; he will be greatly missed.
James Spraker - July
James Spraker was killed in Pennsylvania when a tractor-trailer he was driving hit a guardrail. Spraker served as lieutenant of the Fairmount Fire Department for seven years. Spraker was a 1998 graduate of West Genesee High School. He left behind a wife and his two-month old daughter. His death, so shortly after Todeschini's, marked another great loss to the Camillus area.