Waterford-Halfmoon grad killed in 4-car crash on Route 7

October 12, 2016 11:28 PM

“They had nothing to do with it,” said Latham Fire Department First Assistant Chief David Filarecki. “They were minding their own business and unfortunately the crash happened,” he said.  

18-year old Paige Ahearn of Waterford had her whole life ahead of her.

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It was cut short Tuesday night around 6:45.

She was driving westbound along Route 7 in Colonie with a friend when another car came barreling across the median.

Filarecki was the first fire chief on the scene and said there was nothing they could do.

“Say they were doing 65 the speed limit and that car came across doing 65,” Filarecki said. “You're coming at two different opposite directions. They wouldn't even have time to blink,” he said.

State police said 41-year-old Jessica Bellerose of Troy hit Ahearn and another westbound car after hitting a car on the eastbound side.

Ahearn, who was a recent graduate of Waterford-Halfmoon High School, was pronounced dead at the scene.

“Started in the opposite lane and came across to their side,” Filarecki said.

Filarecki said accidents are common on route 7 mostly due to speeding.

“People go fast obviously and lose control,” said Filarecki. “Once they lose control it turns into bumper cars,” he said.

And it doesn't help that route 7 is poorly lit.

“Alternate 7 has no lights on,” said Filarecki. “The only lights you see is from houses nearby in the backyards or what not,” he said.

The cause of the tragedy hasn't been determined but police say alcohol played a part.

In all Bellerose hit 3 cars Tuesday night.

She was taken to Albany Medical Center for a head injury.

No matter what the cause of this crash, Filarecki cautions drivers to be aware of their surroundings, especially on such an accident prone highway.

“Either do the speed limit or go under the speed limit and just check your mirrors every now and the,” he said. 


Nia Hamm

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