Who's culpable inside hit-and-run vehicle?

April 15, 2019 07:11 PM

GLOVERSVILLE - A plastic lawn chair marks the spot on East Fulton Street in Gloversville where 61-year old Douglas Irby Jr. was killed just after 8:00 p.m. Saturday night. He had just purchased a soda at TJ's Beverage Discount and was crossing the street in his motorized wheelchair when tragedy struck.

"It could have been my grandmother," said Kissaris Ferreira, who lives across the street from TJ's.

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Ferreira says she heard the loud crash, ran outside and got a good look at the driver.

"She came on my driveway," Ferreira stated. "She was standing. She parked right there and then she took off. She stopped for two seconds, then said, "I gotta get the f--- out of here."

The fatal hit-and-run triggered a police manhunt that ended Monday morning after a good Samaritan recognized the late model SUV involved in the crash from a police BOLO and called 911.

"We have been able to identify the operator of the vehicle as well as two passengers who were in the vehicle at the time of the accident," Gloversville Police Lt. Bradley Schaffer said. "They have all been interviewed and I would characterize them as cooperating with police at this point."

Schaffer says detectives have plenty of surveillance video from both residential and commercial properties near the scene that captured the impact and aftermath of the crash.

"We're discussing the possibility of what communication occurred between the occupants of the vehicles and the driver of the vehicle in the aftermath of the crash to determine if any criminal charges would be applicable to anybody who was in the vehicle, even if they were not the operator," Schaffer said.

Schaffer says he wouldn't be surprised if criminal charges or a grand jury probe came of the incident later this week.

In addition, two area criminal defense attorneys told NewsChannel 13 that charges against occupants of a hit-and-run vehicle (people not driving) are theoretically possible but uncommon and very difficult to prove in court.


Dan Levy

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