Oneida teen dies in crash

A 16-year-old Oneida resident was killed and two of his friends injured in a collision on Sayles Street in the city Friday night. The crash occurred about 10 p.m. about one-tenth of a mile south of Lincoln Avenue.

Residents as far west as Stoneleigh Road reported hearing the collision.

Police say Ryan T. Aldasch, 16, of 514 Broad St., Oneida, was a passenger in a 2002 Ford Taurus four-door sedan operated by 18-year-old Michael E. Krowicki II. Police say Krowicki was northbound on Sayles Street at a high rate of speed when the vehicle's tires left the roadway.

When the vehicle landed, police say it bottomed out, causing Krowicki to lose control of the vehicle. The car left the roadway and collided with a tree on the eastern side of the street, causing heavy damage to the vehicle.

Aldasch was transported to SUNY Upstate Medical University, where he died shortly thereafter.

Backseat passenger Robert C. Eckhard, 16, of Prospect Street, Vernon, was transported to Oneida Healthcare Center, where police say he was treated for minor injuries. Krowicki also was sent to OHC for evaluation purposes.

Saturday night, cars lined both sides of Sayles Street, a crowd gathering for a midnight memorial just 24 hours after the accident.

Those visiting the site of the crash in front of 439 Sayles St. left flowers and candles. Many wrote messages on the bark-stripped tree. They described Aldasch as a fun-loving person and a gifted athlete with a promising future.

I've known him since grade school, and he had a great sense of humor," said Aldasch's friend Kaitlyn Stokes. "He always made me laugh. He was always in to sports and everything he was always very active."

He was a great kid," said Corey Skinner, another friend. "I don't know, he was my best friend."

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