Deadly Colonie crash under investigation

Emergency crews respond to a crash on Central Avenue in Colonie Christmas morning. Emergency crews respond to a crash on Central Avenue in Colonie Christmas morning. | Photo: Kevin Montano / WNYT.

WNYT Staff
Updated: December 25, 2019 06:18 PM
Created: December 25, 2019 07:54 AM

COLONIE -  One person is dead and three people are critically hurt after a Christmas morning crash in Colonie that split a 2001 Audi S4 car in half. 

The car struck a utility pole and it was said that one half of the vehicle crashed into a nearby building and the other half remained on the road.


The crash happened around 7 a.m. in front of 2141 Central Avenue.

Police have identified the victim who was killed as Schenectady resident, 24-year-old Lahraj Premnauth.

Two 17-year-old passengers, Veeshram Ramdeo and Kenny Jamuant, along with 21-year-old Sunita Hansraj were all taken to  Albany Medical Center with serious injuries.

Police say traffic was almost non-existent at the time.

As of 11:15 a.m., Central Avenue was closed between Lisha Kill Road and Lansing Road. National Grid is also working to repair a broken utility pole.

The eastbound lanes have now been re-opened while the westbound side is still closed as National Grid is on scene to fix the involved utilty pole.

The cause is under investigation, but police think high speed played a role.

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