Madison Faltisco, 22, was killed in a hit-and-run in upstate New York by an alleged drunk driver who the victim worked with. The duo went drinking together after which she refused to ride with him on Thursday night.
According to the Onondaga County District Attorney’s Office, the young woman had been drinking in a bar with the suspect. Later that night, around 10:30 pm, she refused to get into his car since he was intoxicated.
Just before 11:00 pm, Faltisco was walking along Route 57 in Clay when Joshua Schiano, 23, struck her with his blue Hyundai Elantra. Less than a mile down the road, he got into another accident within 2 minutes of hitting his co-worker. He crashed into a store sign and items outside a Salvation Army thrift store.
Upon the second crash, Schiano’s car caught fire and he had to be pulled out. He was suspected of drunk-driving and taken to the hospital under police custody. His blood alcohol level test results have not been revealed.
Onondaga County Sheriff’s Spokesperson Tom Newton reported that Schiano never told them about the hit-and-run and that they didn’t know to look for Faltisco. Her body was found early Friday morning when someone called 911 to report an unconscious woman lying on the road. Faltisco was pronounced dead at the scene.
Faltisco had reportedly called one of her friends and co-workers, Halana Sieber, just before the hit-and-run. Sieber said that she received three phone calls but didn’t answer them. She had declined an invitation to join Schiano and Faltisco at a bar earlier in the night. She offered to give them a ride later but Faltisco declined.