Man gets six months in jail for leaving fatal accident

Published Sep 19, 2018 at 12:00pm

A 24-year-old Rome man who pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of a fatal accident on the Thruway has been sentenced to six months in county jail.

Everett L. Taylor, of 721 N. Washington St., was sentenced by County Court Judge Robert L. Bauer Tuesday to six months in jail, five years probation and had his license revoked for one year on one count each of leaving the scene of a fatal motor vehicle accident, leaving the scene of an accident and failure to show identification, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

State police said at about 3:23 p.m. May 27, 2017, Taylor was eastbound on the Thruway in Westmoreland when he shifted his car into the driving lane, and the rear of his 2008 Hyundai sedan struck the front tire of a 2017 Harley Davidson motorcycle, operated by 47-year-old Joseph A. Perrotti, of Utica.

Both Perrotti and his passenger were thrown off the motorcycle and suffered serious injuries — while Taylor kept driving and got off at the next exit, troopers said.

Perrotti was hospitalized and died of his injuries a few days later, troopers said. Taylor was not injured, and he was located a short time later by a sheriff’s deputy who was searching the Westmoreland area following the crash, authorities stated.