Man killed in Remington car accident

Posted: Friday, March 21, 2014 2:31 am
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Man killed in Remington car accident

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JASPER COUNTY — A Fowler man was killed Thursday in a head-on vehicle collision Thursday night.


    The Jasper County Sheriff’s Office received a call about an accident on U.S. Highway 24, near Country Road 1080 W, at approximately 8:38 p.m. The initial call also reported that one vehicle was fully engulfed by fire.

    Jeff Copas, 49, of Fowler, was pronounced dead at the scene by the Jasper County Coroner’s Office officials.

For more details see the Saturday, March 22, print edition or e-edition of the Rensselaer Republican.

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RENSSELAER It’s been one year since a crash in East Greenbush took the life of a 22-year-old, and the former Rensselaer police officer who allegedly caused it is still awaiting trial.

Mark Fusco was charged following the early morning accident, during which time sources say he had a BAC level of .22 – nearly three times the legal limit.

On March 13, 2013 around 5 a.m., police received several calls about a car that struck a tree on Third Avenue Extension at the Rensselaer City line near the intersection of Grove Street. As a result, Sean Murphy of Slingerlands was killed after he was ejected from the car. A cause of death investigation performed by Rensselaer County Medical Examiner Michael Sikirica revealed he was killed due to “multiple traumatic blunt force injuries” after Fusco’s 2012 Volkswagen slammed into the tree, according to East Greenbush police.

Fusco, the son of the Rensselaer Police Chief Rick Fusco, was taken to Albany Medical Center where he was later arrested.

The case has been adjourned until April, when attorneys will conference with the judge.

“We’ve been negotiating to resolve the case without a trial,” said District Attorney Art Glass. “A grand jury could hear this case if our negotiations fall apart, if we are unable to reach a negotiated plea disposition that’s acceptable to all parties.”

Glass said Fusco was seriously injured in the crash but has recovered to some extent.

After the crash, Fusco was charged with DWI and several vehicle and traffic violations. He was later charged with aggravated vehicular homicide and manslaughter.

Michael Shanley of the Rensselaer County District Attorney’s office is prosecuting the case.

Molly Eadie can also be reached at 270-1288.

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RENSSELAER A pre-trial hearing was held Wednesday following a fatal June 2012 crash in which the passenger was ejected from the car and the driver left the scene.

Brendan Hoffman, then 20, who faces up to 25 years in prison for the DWI-related crash, is charged with three counts each of aggravated vehicular homicide and vehicular manslaughter, driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol, second-degree manslaughter, leaving the scene of an accident, reckless driving and violation of a conditional license. Hoffman has a prior conviction for DWI. The charges stem from an 11-count grand jury indictment handed down in February 2012.

On Wednesday, several Rensselaer County Sheriff’s employees testified about the investigation of the Cranston Road crash.

Christopher Baker, 24, was ejected from the vehicle and killed in the crash, not to be found for hours after. The vehicle, which rolled multiple times, had already been towed, as police did not believe the crash to be fatal.

Sheriff Jack Mahar said in a 2012 interview that a person driving in the opposite direction on the night of the accident told deputies the car Hoffman was driving nearly hit the witness’ vehicle and then went into a ditch.

The witness turned around to check on the crashed car and talked to Hoffman. At that time another vehicle, driven by an unidentified female who knew Hoffman, pulled up to the scene. The witness told deputies Hoffman got into the vehicle and fled the scene.

Mahar previously said deputies searched the scene, but at the time of the accident were not specifically looking for a passenger. The car was towed and deputies were looking at nearby houses to see if the white car driven by the female could be located.

In his testimony before Judge Debra Young Wednesday, Deputy Sheriff Matt Trolio said responders searched both sides of the road and the area around the car with a flashlight, and didn’t find a passenger’s body or any blood; Trolio then went to Hoffman’s home and spoke with his brother and parents.

The Sheriff’s department received a call about the crash at 12:50 a.m., and hours later Hoffman’s father called to say his son told him Baker was in the car. It was only after that call that Baker’s body was discovered.

Sergeant Shane Holcomb, Investigator Steven J. Wohlleber, Sr. and Derek Pyle also appeared to testify at the hearing.

Hoffman’s trial is scheduled for March 24 before Judge Debra Young and is expected to last two weeks.

Molly Eadie can also be reached at 270-1288.

Rensselaer County legislators renew calls for Route 7 safety improvements



HOOSICK Following an accident on Route 7 Thursday morning, Rensselaer County legislators are voicing concerns and calling for additional steps to improve safety be taken.

Authorities say three people were injured in the three-vehicle crash caused by a driver crossing over the double yellow line into an 18 wheel flatbed truck.

The Rensselaer County Sheriff’s Office said in a press release that the crash happened around 6:30 a.m. at the intersection of Routes 7 and 22 in the town of Hoosick, on the Vermont border.

Deputies say a car, a tractor-trailer and a van were involved. One person, Fred Stace of Hancock, Mass., was airlifted to Albany Medical Center and was listed in critical condition Thursday.

Two other people were also taken to a hospital in ambulances; their conditions are unknown.

In reaction, Legislator Lester Goodermote said “We continue to be concerned about the frequency of these accidents, and the possibility of a real tragedy on Route 7. More safety work is needed to protect those who drive and live on this road. Accidents like the one today show there is a problem on Route 7.”

In the release, legislators mentioned a 2011 accident in which a propane tanker veered off the road, crashed and burned in a ravine. This is not the first time county legislators have called for increased safety on the route; Last September a multi-car accident prompted the action.

The state responded with improved signage on some sections of the busy road, which runs east-west through much of the county from Troy and the Hudson River to the Vermont state border. Legislators said those steps are appreciated, but more needs to be done to prevent the accidents involving tractor trailers.

“Route 7 is important to Rensselaer County for commerce, travel and tourism. The safety of motorists on that road is closely linked to our economic well-being and quality of life,” said Stan Brownell, vice chair of the legislature.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Suspect charged following vehicle crash

Posted: Friday, January 17, 2014 4:55 am

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JASPER COUNTY — A Wheatfield man is facing charges driving under the influence following a car accident that led to two people being injured.    


    According to the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office, at approximately 9:06 a.m. on Jan. 16, a three-vehicle crash occurred on State Road 10, east of the DeMotte city limits. 

    During the crash investigation one of operators identified as Philip A. Cook, 41, of Wheatfield exhibited signs of impairment, according to information provided by JSCO officials.

For more details see the Saturday, Jan. 18, print edition or e-edition of the Rensselaer Republican.

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Two Rensselaer teenagers were transported to the hospital Tuesday with non-life threatening injuries after a three-car collision on State Road 114.



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Two injured in vehicle accident

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RENSSELAER — Two people were injured in a multi-vehicle crash that occurred Tuesday afternoon.


    Rescue personnel were called to the scene of the accident where three cars collided at approximately 3:42 p.m. at the intersection of Airport Roard and State Road 114. Those injured were residents of Rensselaer, according to officials with the Indiana State Police.

For more details see the Thursday, Jan. 16, print edition or e-edition of the Rensselaer Republican.

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QUEENSBURY — A Rensselaer County man was jailed Tuesday after he allegedly crashed his car on Ridge Road, police said.

Gary M. Donnelly, 23, of Wynantskill, was arrested on charges he drove under the influence f drugs and possessed drugs after the 1:24 p.m. accident near the intersection with Haviland Road, according to the Warren County Sheriff’s Office.

Police said he tried to turn his 1998 Volvo around on Ridge Road but became stuck in a snowbank.

He was found to be in possession of unspecified drugs as well as a hypodermic needle, resulting in misdemeanor charges of driving while ability impaired by drugs, criminal possession of a controlled substance and possession of a hypodermic instrument, police said.

Donnelly was arraigned and sent to Warren County Jail for lack of bail.

NY man charged after bicyclist killed by car

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CANTON, N.Y. — A 28-year-old northern New York man faces multiple felony charges after state police say he left the scene after hitting a bicyclist with his car, causing fatal injuries.

Troopers say Daniel Lester of Rensselaer Falls in St. Lawrence County was driving his Toyota Corolla north on County Route 27 in Canton shortly before 11 p.m. Monday when the accident happened.

Police say Lester’s vehicle struck 69-year-old Richard Morrow of Canton, who was riding his bike north.

Lester was arrested later and charged with vehicular manslaughter, unlicensed driving, leaving the scene of a fatal accident and driving while impaired by drugs.

Lester was arraigned and sent to St. Lawrence County Jail on $7,500 bail.

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Remington resident killed in one-car accident

Posted: Friday, November 1, 2013 3:55 am

Remington resident killed in one-car accident

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JASPER COUNTY — The Jasper County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene of a one-vehicle accident that led to the death of a Jasper County woman after she was ejected from the vehicle.


    Gwendolyn L. Nickett, 40, from the Remington area, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident that took place on County Road 1900 South near County Road 980 West, according to JCSO officials.

    Law enforcement received a call about the accident at 7:55 a.m. on Wednesday. JCSO Deputy Russ Shouse was among the first on the scene. Upon investigating the scene, it was determined that Nickett, who was driving a 2001 Ford F150 pick-up truck, was traveling eastbound on County Road 1900 South and was east of County Road 980 West where it appeared the vehicle “spun out,” went left of center and then left the north side of the roadway in a sideway skid, according to officials.

For more details see the Saturday, Nov. 2, print edition or e-edition of the Rensselaer Republican.

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