Skaneateles officer in critical condition

Drunk hits off duty Skaneateles Policeman:

The gentle giant in the Skaneateles Police Department is still hospitalized after an off duty accident last Thursday night. Bill Marventano and his wife Debbie were returning home from the force's annual Christmas party when their car was T-boned by Jay Searle of Marcellus.

The accident occurred when Searle blew through the stop sign at the intersection of Lee-Mulroy Road (route 175) and Bishop Hill Road in Marcellus.

"He didn't slow down at all, he just barreled through the stop," Skaneateles Chief of Police Lloyd Perkins reported.

Skaneateles Police Officer Reid Renner was also driving home from the party, when he was the first to come upon the scene. He quickly switched into work mode, and checked for victims. He didn't know he was following the Marventanos. When he reached a man who had been thrown from one of the vehicle, he followed standard operating procedure asking if he could say his name. As the victim responded, Renner immediately recognized his fellow officer's voice.

Bill was transported to Upstate Medical Center, while Debbie was taken to Crousse Hospital and later released.

Perkins reported Saturday that Bill's injuries were serious with multiple fractures and his condition critical.

The other driver was taken to Community General and later released to the police. The Sheriff's Department reported that Searle was intoxicated, and he was charged accordingly. He was also cited for failing to stop at a stop sign and refusing a breath test.

Bill Marventano is a highly decorated, long-time member of the Skaneateles Police Force (1987), where he works part time nights and weekends. He is also the head of security at Cayuga Community College.

"Bill is not just a co worker," Chief Perkins said, "but also a close friend, who is always willing to listen and is very understanding."

Skaneateles Sergeant Marty Stevens, who has worked with Marventano throughout his tenure, said the department was pretty shook up.

"The Marventano's (2005 Chrysler LaBaron) convertible was cut in half," Stevens said.

Ironically, Bill was given the governor's traffic safety award in 2006 for enforcement of DWI laws.

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