WILLSBORO - On Jan. 1 at approximately 4:39 a.m. the New York State Police in Lewis received a call regarding a possible fatal accident on State Route 22 in the Town of Essex. Investigation revealed that during the early morning hours, Ryan R. Bruno, 25, Willsboro, was traveling southbound on Route 22. Bruno lost control of his vehicle, exited the east shoulder of the roadway, and struck a tree head-on.
The only passenger in the vehicle, Keshia B. Pierce, 23, Willsboro, was pronounced deceased at the scene by Essex County Coroner Walter S. Marvin. Bruno was transported to CVPH and was later transferred to Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington, VT where he has been listed in critical but stable condition.
Further investigation into the cause of this accident is continuing. If anyone has any information that would be helpful in this investigation, they are asked to contact the New York State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation in Lewis at 873-2799.