Man charged with fatally hitting National Guard soldier with car testifies in court

December 19, 2017 06:48 PM

There were two bombshells Monday in the trial of Brian Tromans, who prosecutors say hit and killed National Guard Master Sergeant Rudy Seabron in Colonie.

The judge has dismissed the charge of criminally negligent homicide, saying there is not enough proof to meet the standards of the charge.

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Tromans took the stand to testify about what happened in those early morning hours when Seabron was killed. He was the defense's only witness.

In court, Tromans testified that he spent six hours, drinking at three different bars in Colonie and closing down each one. He said he felt perfectly fine to drive at 4:30 in the morning.

When he smashed into Seabron, Tromans said he saw a flash and heard a bump. He said he thought it was a deer.
Prosecutors asked if he's telling the jury he didn't see Seabron when the victim's entire body was on his hood.

At one point, Troman joked about maybe a deer was wearing the victim's cap, like a reindeer, because it's Christmas. There was silence in the courtroom and then someone gasped, before the prosecutor shot back, "You killed a man and you're making jokes on the stand?"

Two witnesses testify that Tromans told them he hit a deer in Wynantskill. The fatal crash was in Colonie. Those witnesses included a Colonie Police investigator. Tromans testified that both witnesses must have been mistaken.

Closing arguments will be Tuesday morning.


WNYT Staff

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