05/02/2010

Driver inattention led to NY trooper's death

Jill Mattice was the first New York female trooper killed on duty

Associated Press

SIDNEY, N.Y. — New York State Police say driver inattention led to a crash that killed a state trooper, but they can't explain why she allowed her cruiser to drift into an oncoming tractor-trailer.

They say investigators ruled out the possibility Jill Mattice was texting or talking on her cell phone and didn't find any evidence that weather, speeding, or a problem with her cruiser contributed to the Jan. 20 wreck.

Mattice was headed to the Oneonta barracks when her cruiser crossed the center line at 58 mph and hit a tractor-trailer.

Mattice was the first female trooper killed while on duty.

A press release issued Friday doesn't mention the results of drug and alcohol testing. State police spokesmen weren't immediately available to comment.

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