By Dominick Muccilo SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News) – Around 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, a car came crashing into a home on the 4300 block of Kasson Rd. in the town of Onondaga. The car was driven by a man who had lit himself on fire before barreling into the house.
The man inside the car was declared dead on the scene and because the Onondaga County Sheriff’s office ruled his death a suicide, we will not release his name. Fred Savier, the man in his 80s whose home was driven into, managed to escape the home without any injuries.
A neighbor who has lived in the area since 2012, Rick Guy, says that he’s never seen something like this.
“No, in fact, I’ve never seen such a thing as that anywhere and you know, I’ve got a law background and I’m familiar with this kind of thing generally,” Guy said. “It sure seems that there’s a backstory to this whole thing.”
For Guy, it’s something that he noticed earlier in the week that was out of the ordinary.
“On Monday morning when I was driving to work at about 9 a.m. my wife and I noticed 10 sheriff’s deputy cars parked right here and I’ve never seen that many police cars at any one location,” Guy said. “We don’t know any of the details, but I suspect they’re related and I’d be surprised if they’re not.”
Neighbors at the scene said off the record the two men knew one another, but whether or not that caused yesterday’s events is not confirmed.