Teen killed in Route 85 crash

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A 17-year-old boy has died after a crash on Route 85, last Thursday.

Two cars crashed near the Albany city line.

The South Colonie Central School District said the boy who died is senior Michael Kleinke.

The other driver, a 71-year-old man, is still recovering.

Police are still investigating what caused the crash.

The family released this statement:

“This is a very devastating time for our family. Michael was a fun loving, outgoing, thoughtful, empathetic, and caring. He was planning after graduation next month to start an apprenticeship with local 7 steam fitters Union…Michael was one of strongest people we ever knew. He touched many lives in the community, at school, and in his family.”

The district released this statement:

Dear South Colonie School Community,

It is with profound sadness that we share the heartbreaking news of the passing of one of our high school seniors, Michael Kleinke. On Thursday afternoon, Michael was involved in a serious car accident that tragically claimed his life.

Our entire South Colonie School community is devastated by this unimaginable loss. Our thoughts, prayers, and deepest condolences go out to Michael’s family, friends and loved ones as they navigate through this incredibly difficult time.

We understand the profound impact that this news will have on our school community. Our dedicated school counselors and support staff are available to provide assistance, guidance and emotional support to students and faculty members who may be struggling with grief or in need of someone to talk to. We encourage anyone in need to reach out to these resources for support.

We extend our heartfelt gratitude to the first responders and medical professionals who worked tirelessly to provide immediate care to Michael. Their efforts and expertise were truly invaluable.

Let us come together as a compassionate and supportive community, offering our support and comfort to one another as we mourn the loss of a bright and promising young individual.


Dr. David Perry
Superintendent of Schools