Syracuse Police Respond to a Fatal Collision

On Saturday, August 29th, 2020, at around 12:26 A.M., Officers responded to I- 81 North near Court St. for a motor vehicle collision with injuries. Upon arrival, Officers located a motorcycle that had crashed. A short time later, the driver, Keith Leader, 33, of Syracuse, was found nearby. Officers also discovered a female passenger, Maida Brkanovic, 25, of East Syracuse in the Southbound lane.

Brkanovic was pronounced dead on the scene. Leader was transported to Upstate Hospital, where he is expected to survive. As a result of the investigation, Leader was arrested and charged with Vehicular Manslaughter in the Second Degree, Aggravated Unlicensed Operation in the First Degree, Driving While Intoxicated, Tampering with Physical Evidence, Leaving The Scene of a Fatality Collision and several other traffic tickets. ​I-81 was closed for a period of time but is now open to traffic.