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Police Investigate a Fatal Motorcycle Accident


On August 14, 2023, troopers and the Bureau of Criminal Investigation from SP Horseheads responded to a fatal motorcycle accident on Smith Road in the town of Veteran.

Patrick L. Hess, age 45, from Cayuta, NY, was operating a 1995 Honda motorcycle eastbound on Smith Road when he struck a deer causing him to exit the south side of the roadway into the ditch.

A passerby discovered the scene at approximately 7:30 a.m. and contacted emergency personnel.

Responding personnel arrived, however, did not perform life-saving measures after discovering Hess succumbed to his injuries.

The Chemung County Medical Examiner’s Office responded to the scene to assist with the investigation.

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