December 8, 2021

Arrest made in Cincinnatus fatal hit-and-run

Herkimer County woman faces felonies in bicyclists's death

A 36-year-old Dolgeville woman was charged with felonies Friday regarding a June hit-and-run in which she struck two bicyclists on Route 26 in Cincinnatus, killing one of them, state police announced late Friday afternoon.

Amber M. Suprunchik was charged with leaving the scene of a fatal accident and tampering with physical evidence, felonies. She was also charged with leaving the scene of an injury accident and second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, misdemeanors.

Troopers were dispatched June 15 to a hit-and-run accident in which two cyclists in a group of four were struck by a vehicle that did not stop.

Kitt Warren, 67, of DeRuyter was killed about 7:26 p.m. and John C. Rutan, 67, of McGraw received non-life-threatening injuries. A 34-year-old Greene woman and a 64-year-old Cincinnatus man were also involved, but uninjured.

The incident near the 2900 block of Route 26 closed the road between Telephone Road and Taylor Valley Road for nearly eight hours. Cincinnatus firefighters and medics responded to the scene.

The vehicle was located that night in Willet by a Cortland County sheriff’s officer.

An investigation found Suprunchik was operating the vehicle and was not impaired at the time of the accident, state police said. Suprunchik tampered with the vehicle after the collision, police said they concluded.

Suprunchik turned herself in Friday to the state police barracks in Homer, where she was processed on the charges and transported to Cortland County Central Arraignment and Processing for arraignment.