Ithaca, N.Y. — No charges are expected in the death of a pedestrian on Route 96 in the town of Ithaca in early December, according to Senior Investigator Jody Coombes of the Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office.

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At around 4:44 a.m. on Dec. 4, an Ovid woman hitchhiking on the road was struck by a truck. Rosalyn Degraw, 43, was found on the east side of the road, north of the Cayuga Medical Center, and pronounced dead on the scene.

Eric Labore, of Binghamton, was later identified as the driver of the box truck that hit Degraw. Labore was uninjured in the crash, and speed and alcohol were both quickly ruled out as factors in the crash.

In response to a question from The Voice, Coombes said that the subsequent investigation has not revealed any wrongdoing on Labore’s part. No tickets have been issued.

The darkness of the road likely contributed to the accident, Coombes said. Degraw appears to have been in the road when she was hit and killed, the investigator said.


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Jeff Stein

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