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Trooper Craig J. Todeschini | New York State Police, New York New York State Police, New York


Craig J. Todeschini

New York State Police, New York

End of Watch: Sunday, April 23, 2006

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 25

Tour: 3 years, 6 months

Badge # 5060

Cause: Vehicle pursuit

Weapon: Automobile; Motorcycle

Offender: Charged with homicide

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Trooper Craig Todeschini was killed in an automobile accident while pursuing a motorcycle in Pompey Hill, Onondaga County, New York.

Trooper Todeschini was pursuing a motorcycle on Route 91 that was traveling in excess of 100 miles per hour. He had started pursuing the motorcycle after it passed him at an estimated 100 mph. He turned his vehicle around and chased the suspect for approximately two miles before his Chevy Tahoe patrol vehicle left the roadway and struck a tree.

The driver of the motorcycle was eventually apprehended and charged with aggravated manslaughter and aggravated negligent homicide.

Prior to this incident it was not illegal to flee from the police in New York State. On November 1, 2006 the "Trooper Craig Todeschini Bill" was passed into law, creating the crime of Fleeing from a Police Officer in a Motor Vehicle.

Trooper Todeschini had served with the New York State Police for 3.5 years. He is survived by his expectant wife.

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I often think of Craig these days as I watch the news and see the negative light that is often shed on police officers in general. Most of us police officers are good and generous people, like Craig. If people who tend to be critical towards the police could have just known Craig. A young man who was respectful, honest, with an infectious smile and just wanted to do what was good and right. He spent most of his short life serving his community with the fire department and with the New York State Police......helping others in need and keeping us safe. I was a fellow classmate (and Session Mate "G") of Craig's in the 187th NYSP Academy Class and I have so many fond memories of him. I knew from the moment I met him that he had what it took to be a great Trooper and I was right. I still miss him and think of his family often. I'm sure they are so proud. Brother, you gave your life in the service of your community, this state and our country which you were sworn to protect, and did so while keeping with the highest tradition of the New York State Police. May you rest in peace my friend.

Inv. Kelly M. Taylor
June 1, 2015


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