Police ID man hit on highway

Press Release
Christopher A. Woody

State police have identified the man hit by several vehicles early Thursday morning, Jan. 12, on Interstate Highway 86 in an apparent suicide as Christopher Allen Woody, 21, of Corning.

Woody was struck on I-86 by multiple vehicles, including a tractor-trailer, just east of the Gibson Bridge. Although he lived in Corning, he was originally from Colorado.

Catherine Crane, 19, of Corning, a friend of Woody, said she was sad to hear the news of his death.

“He was a nice kid,” Crane said. “Fun loving and always tried to make sure everyone was happy around him.”

According to Corning City Police, Woody had been thrown out of an East Market Street bar for unruly behavior Wednesday night, hours before his death.

State Police Inv. Allison Regan said the operators of the vehicles involved have been determined not to be at fault.

Woody was initially hit by a black Cadillac at about 4:56 a.m. Thursday, Regan said. Moments later, he was hit by a tractor-trailer and by at least one other car.

Regan said after the initial collision, the driver of the Cadillac circled back to the scene, only to find the tractor-trailer driver had pulled over after hitting the victim.

Troopers are unsure if Woody was walking on I-86 prior to being hit or if he jumped off the Gibson Bridge into traffic. Police were unsure if alcohol played a role in the incident.

Authorities shut down the eastbound lanes of I-86 between exits 46 and 47 for nearly six hours while the accident was being investigated. The eastbound closed at 5:15 a.m. and reopened at 11:06 a.m., troopers said.

Regan said the Monroe County Medical Examiner’s Office will provide a manner of death upon completion of an autopsy but that it appeared to have been a suicide.