Trooper seriously injured in NYS Thruway crash when SUV fails to move over, hits parked patrol car

Buffalo, N.Y. — A state trooper was seriously injured this weekend when a sport utility vehicle failed to move over and struck her patrol car on the Thruway.

Trooper Randi L. Murphy-Motley, of the Buffalo state police barracks, was sitting in her patrol car parked behind a Budget rental truck with emergency lights activated when the crash happened at 5:40 a.m. Saturday, state police said in a news release.

The driver of the Budget rental truck, who was not identified, had already been transported to Erie County Medical Center so no one was inside the truck, troopers said.

Murphy-Motley, an 18-year veteran of the state police, was waiting for a tow truck in her patrol car, on the shoulder of the Thruway when the driver of a 2020 Chevrolet Tahoe failed to move over and struck her car, state police said.

The driver of the Tahoe, 25-year-old Devere D. Thomas, and passenger, Karmella M. Hutcherson, 19, both of Buffalo, were transported to Erie County Medical Center with minor injuries, troopers said.

Murphy-Motley also was taken to the hospital with serious injuries, but she has since been released from the hospital, state police said.

The investigation is continuing, state police said.

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