Trooper Amanda Anna
New York State Police, New York
End of Watch: Saturday, May 26, 2012
Tour of Duty: 6 years
Badge Number: Not available
Cause of Death: Automobile accident
Date of Incident: May 25, 2012
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Info: Not available
Agency Contact Information
Superintendent Joseph D’Amico
New York State Police
Public Information Office
1220 Washington Ave Bldg 22
Albany, NY 12226
Phone: (518) 783-3211
Trooper Amanda Anna was killed in a single vehicle crash along Route 37 in Hastings, New York.
At approximately 11:25 pm, her Chevrolet Tahoe patrol vehicle went out of control on a curve and overturned several times after striking a guardrail. Trooper Anna was transported to a nearby hospital where she succumbed to her injuries at about 5:25 am the following morning.
Trooper Anna had served with the New York State Police for six years. She is survived by her 4-year-old son, mother, and fiance.
Hastings, NY – A 31-year-old New York State trooper from Liverpool died early this morning from injuries she sustained in a car crash in Hastings, the state police said.
Trooper Amanda S. Anna, 31, died early this morning from severe head injuries at Upstate University Hospital. She is survived by a 4-year-old son, her fiance, her mother and step-father, state police said.
A thunderstorm had just come through and the roads were wet when at about 11:26 p.m. Friday, Anna was driving a marked State Police 2009 Chevrolet Tahoe east on County Route 37 in the Town of Hastings, said Trooper Jack Keller.
Anna lost control of the patrol vehicle on a curve about two tenths of a mile west of Zuk Pierce Road, Keller said. The vehicle hit a guard rail, became airborne over a small inlet of water and overturned several times, state police said.
The trooper was wearing a seatbelt, Keller said.
She was taken by SOVAC ambulance to Upstate for treatment of severe head trauma and died at 5:25 a.m.
Anna, of Liverpool, was a six-year-veteran with the state police. She was assigned to the Hastings Barracks in Oswego County.
Investigators are trying to piece together the events that lead up to the crash, Keller said. "That’s the tough part, the why," he said.
The trooper was not on a dispatched call when the crash occurred, Keller said. However, a review of the Automatic Vehicle Locator tracking system showed that Anna had been traveling west on county Route 37 before the crash and then changed directions and traveled east, the state police said this afternoon.
"She was enforcing speed in the area," Keller said. "She may have been going after a violator."
In response to residents’ complaints about speeding, Anna had a spot where she often parked and monitored traffic for speed, Keller said.
The tracking system showed her in the same area for awhile, Keller said, and showed her going back and forth several times. She did not contact dispatchers by radio before the crash, Keller said.
Troopers are asking anyone who was on county Route 37 in Hastings around the same time as the 11:26 p.m. crash, or anyone who knows something about the crash, to call the Troop D Heaquaters in Oneida at 366-6000.
Anna is the second state trooper in Central New York to die in a crash involving their state-issued Chevrolet Tahoe.
It had just rained when Trooper Craig Todeschini was chasing a speeding motorcyclist on April 23, 2006, when his Chevrolet Tahoe rounded a curve, lost control and crashed into a tree.
After his death, the head of the State Police Benevolent Association complained to the governor that Tahoes were ill suited for high-speed pursuits.
The state police said they changed the training troopers get in driving Tahoes on curves and cornering partly because of Todeschini’s death.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo released the following statement about Anna’s death:
"I send my condolences to the family and friends of State Trooper Amanda Anna who died early this morning as a result of injuries sustained from a tragic car accident last night while on duty in Oswego County. She was just 31 years old. For the six years that Trooper Anna served as a member of the State Police, she put protecting the people of the State of New York before all else. In addition to her family and friends, Trooper Anna leaves behind a fiance – who also serves as a member of the State Police – and a four year old child. They are both in our thoughts and prayers. New York is a safer state as a result of Trooper Anna’s commitment and dedication, and we mourn her untimely passing."
Troopers spent much of the day doing accident reconstruction at the scene. The trooper’s Tahoe was taken to the Troop D Headquarters in Oneida, where it will be examined, Keller said.