SUNY Cortland student seriously injured in Saturday crash

CORTLAND, N.Y. - A SUNY Cortland student remains in serious condition after being struck by a vehicle on Tompkins Street Saturday night.

At around 6:08 p.m., Cortland police responded to a report of a traffic accident at 154 Tompkins St., near the intersection with Broadway Avenue.

A student was walking with a group of friends on the south side of Tompkins Street when they attempted to cross the street, police said. Traffic was heavy in both directions.

When the westbound lane cleared, the group walked to the center of the road to wait for traffic to clear. One of the students, 21-year-old Sidney McGowan, attempted to make it to the other end of the street, but she was hit by a passing vehicle, according to Lt. David Guerrera with the Cortland Police Department.

The Cortland Fire Department and TLC Ambulance responded to the scene, along with nearby sheriff's officers and state troopers, who were in Cortland to act as added security during Cortaca weekend. McGowan was transported by TLC Ambulance to Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, where she is listed in serious condition.

McGowan, a junior at SUNY Cortland, suffered significant injuries, fracturing her fibula, pelvis, vertebrae, and ribs, along with a lacerated kidney and a head wound.

"She has a long road of recovery ahead of her," Lt. Guerrera said.

Police said McGowan will likely be charged with a traffic violation for illegally crossing the road. The driver was in the correct lane and not speeding at the time of the crash, Lt. Guerrera said, and no charges are expected against the driver.

Correction: A previous version of this article incorrectly stated McGowan's age and class year at SUNY Cortland. It also stated that McGowan is a member of the SUNY Cortland field hockey team, which is false. We apologize for the errors.