Bio & Incident Details
Tour: 3 years, 6 months
Badge # 5060
Cause: Vehicle pursuit
Incident Date: 4/23/2006
Weapon: Automobile; Motorcycle
Suspect: Charged with homicide
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.