Driver inattention led to NY trooper's death
Jill Mattice was the first New York female trooper killed on duty
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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