NYSP: Driver charged with Leandra’s Law after striking guide rails on I-81

SYRACUSE, NY — The New York State Police released the following statement on Tuesday, July 30:

On Monday, July 29, 2019, at approximately 4:32 p.m., State Police in North Syracuse responded to the vicinity of Interstate 81 near Exit 27 town of Salina for an erratic driver and possible motor vehicle collision. Multiple 911 callers reported a tan sedan traveling northbound on Interstate 81 hitting guide rails and failing to maintain its lane.

When patrol arrived, they located a 2010 Dodge Caliber stopped along the right shoulder of the roadway with a flat rear tire. The male driver, later identified as Timothy F. Gioia, was found unconscious and having agonal breathing.

Troopers immediately administered 2 doses of Narcan and within minutes, Gioia regained consciousness. He was transported to St. Joseph’s Hospital where he was treated for a Heroin overdose and released.

Two child passengers in the vehicle, ages 7 and 8 were uninjured and released to a family member.

The driver, Timothy F. Gioia, 37, Oswego, NY was arrested for (2) counts of Aggravated DWI (Leandra’s Law), a class “E” felony; (2) counts Endangering the Welfare of a Child, (1) count of seventh-degree Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance, both misdemeanors. He was transported to the Onondaga County Justice Center for centralized arraignment.