Green Island mourns after deadly crash involving teens | WNYT.com

Green Island mourns after deadly crash involving teens

Emily DeVito
Updated: February 10, 2020 05:12 PM
Created: February 10, 2020 01:07 PM

GREEN ISLAND - Investigators in Albany County are continuing to look into a crash on 787 in Green Island.

The Albany County Sheriff's Office says just after 11 p.m. this past Saturday, a car hit four teenagers that were in the crosswalk.

One of the teens - a 17-year-old - was taken to the hospital and was pronounced dead. Another teen was in critical condition at Albany Medical Center as of Monday afternoon.

The Albany County sheriff says the driver had a suspended license.

The Green Island Union Free School District is now helping students deal with the tragedy.

The teens involved in the crash went to the Heatly School and on Monday, the district opened its doors for about five hours for any students who needed to speak with a counselor about it. Regular classes were cancelled.

Flowers and candles have been put out at the intersection of 787 and Tibbits Avenue in Green Island.

The investigation is ongoing, but Sheriff Craig Apple says the teens were leaving a nearby gas station and eventually went to cross the street.

Sheriff Apple said the driver did have a green light, but did not give any other details of why the teens may have ran out in the road of if the driver was unable to see them.

The district declined to do an interview with NewsChannel 13. However, Superintendent Kimberly Ross said in a statement:    

"We are so deeply saddened by the events of [Saturday] night and our thoughts are with the students and families affected. We are here to support our students and staff and will be providing counseling and support services for as long as needed."

The school district says it is working on getting together a vigil for Tuesday night and will release details as soon as they have them.


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