August 2, 2013

Mooers Forks man killed in accident


---- — MOOERS — An 82-year-old Mooers Forks man on his way to his son’s farm was killed Wednesday when a car hit his ATV.

Joseph D. Snide Jr. was pronounced dead at the site of the accident, which happened at about 4:45 p.m. at the intersection of Route 11 and Alder Bend Road in Mooers, New York State Police said in a news release.

Tina M. Francis, 39, of Mooers Forks was driving west on Route 11 in a 2008 Hyundai Santa Fe, on her way to work, when Snide entered the road from the north shoulder on a 2005 Polaris ATV, police said.

State Police Lt. John Coryea said Snide had passed the shoulder and was in the road at the time of the crash.


Francis braked and swerved to try to prevent an accident, but was unable to avoid striking Snide’s ATV, police said.

He was ejected from the ATV into the roadway.

Clinton County Coroner David Donah ruled his death accidental.

Francis was treated for minor injuries at the site of the crash by EMTs from Mooers Rescue, police said.


Snide used the ATV to cross the road multiple times a day, police said, and at the time of the accident, he was crossing the road to his son’s farm on the other side.

Police said the sun was beginning to set and it’s possible that a glare could have hampered Francis’s vision.


Mooers Town Supervisor Cory Ross has known Snide since he was a young child.

“You wouldn’t find a nicer person,” Ross said. “He was a very nice, a genuine man; a good worker.”

Snide had worked on a farm and enjoyed his garden, Ross said.

He leaves behind a wife and children.


Snide’s body was taken to the CVPH Medical Center morgue in Plattsburgh, where an autopsy conducted Thursday by Dr. Jolie Rodriguez found the cause of death to be multiple blunt force trauma.

The Troop B Collision Reconstruction Unit assisted in the investigation of the accident, which is continuing.

An approximately 1.5-mile portion of Route 11 was closed between Alder Bend and Cannon’s Corners Road for hours Wednesday, as responders and investigators worked at the crash site.


It was the second fatal accident in the region on Wednesday.

At around noon, Ralph Deshane, 48, of Fort Covington was killed in a motorcycle accident on Route 37C in the Town of Brasher as he returned from his road test.

His motorcycle went off the road and hit a road sign.

Bystanders performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation on Deshane until emergency responders arrived, but he was pronounced dead at the accident site.

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