(Morris, NY – January 20, 2010) - On January 20, 2010, at approximately 2:50 p.m., the New York State Police responded to a fatal motor vehicle accident which occurred on State Route 23 in the Town of Morris, (Otsego County), New York.
Preliminary investigation at the scene revealed that Trooper Jill E. Mattice, age 31, assigned to SP Oneonta, was travelling eastbound on State Route 23 when she became involved in a collision with a westbound tractor trailer being operated by F.M. Saggese, age 33, of West Oneonta, New York.
Trooper Mattice was pronounced deceased at the scene.
Trooper Mattice was a 6½ year veteran of the New York State Police. Trooper Mattice was last stationed at SP Oneonta where she was assigned as the School Resource Officer for the Unadilla Valley Central School and Franklin School Districts.
Trooper Mattice is the first female Trooper in the New York State Police to die in the line of duty.
There will be a press conference relative to this investigation on Thursday, January 21, 2010 at 1:30p.m. at Troop C Headquarters, 823 State Route 7, Sidney, New York.
The New York State Police is continuing the investigation.