Colonie Police investigating fatal pedestrian-car accident

December 12, 2018 03:22 PM

LATHAM - A 61-year-old woman was hit and killed by a car in Latham Tuesday night..It happened just after 7 p.m. at the intersection of State Route 2 and Swatling Road.

Police said they will be at the scene until late Tuesday night investigating this crash.

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Police say the 57-year-old Troy man driving the Toyota Camry in the wreck is cooperating. They don’t believe drugs or alcohol played a factor in the crash.

Police do not believe the victim is local, but they are not able to say with 100 percent certainty where she is from at this point.

They said the driver called police right after it happened. Police believe the woman was killed on impact.

They are not sure how fast the driver was going but they have said the victim was wearing mostly dark clothing.

They say they believe she was near the crosswalk when she was struck but they're not sure if she was actually walking in it. They believe she was crossing Route 2 from the south to the north side, in other words, making her way towards Swatling when she was struck by the Camry which was headed west on Rt. 2.

Police were seen looking through debris and a bag at the scene on Tuesday evening. The victim’s body was taken from the scene around 9 p.m. Tuesday.

Police said they still have quite a bit of investigating to do. They said they're going to be using drones and lasers to re-create and investigate the scene. Department of Transportation officials were also on scene examining the traffic light system.

Colonie Police Traffic Safety Unit Lieutenant Robert Donnelly said the scenes or never easy to be on, especially around the holidays.

"The time of year it is nobody wants to see anything like this happen, it's horrendous,” Donnelly said. “It's horrendous for the driver, it's horrendous for everybody's family and it's horrendous for the first responders you know when you get to something and you can do absolutely nothing for somebody is kind of the worst feeling there is in law-enforcement, EMS or fire."

Lt. Donnelly said it's important to wear reflective clothing if you're going to be out walking in the dark or bring a flashlight or some sort of reflective gear. He also said it's important for drivers to minimize distractions in the car and make sure they have a clean windshield and headlights especially with all the salt on the roads during this season.

Stay with NewsChannel 13 for updates on this developing story.


Emily Burkhard

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