State Police vehicle struck from behind on Route 37 in front of State Police station in Watertown

NYSP news release

WATERTOWN, NY —  On Jan. 5, 2023, at 3:39 p.m., State Police responded to a three-vehicle crash involving a State Police BCI vehicle on State Route 37 just north of State Route 342 in the town of Pamelia, Jefferson County.

A 2020 blue Chrysler 200, operated by State Police Investigator Felix P. Castro, age 44, was waiting in the northbound lane to turn into the parking lot of State Police Watertown when he was struck in the rear by a 2018 black Dodge pickup truck, operated by Jacob L. Wilkins, age 23, from Theresa, NY, that was traveling north on Rt. 37.

The impact of the crash forced the Chrysler 200 into the southbound lane, where it was struck by a 2000 tan Chevrolet pickup truck operated by Peter J. Rasmussen, age 42, from Watertown, NY, head-on.

Investigator Castro sustained minor lacerations to his hands and was transported by a State Police vehicle to Samaritan Medical Center in the city of Watertown for further evaluation.

Mr. Wilkins was not injured in the crash.

Mr. Rasmussen was transported by ambulance to Samaritan Medical Center for non-life-threatening injuries.

The investigation is continuing.