Crash Victims

Updated 5/24/22

Following is a list of people who have been killed or seriously injured on streets and roadways in the region. This is not a complete list but reflects what the Albany Bicycle Coalition has on file. If you know of someone who is not listed, please send the information to the Albany Bicycle Coalition at albanybicyclecoalition@yahoo.com

Pedestrians

People on Bicycles

  1. Darlene McGraw – 2/7/22 (age UNK) Hit by motor vehicle, Clifton Park, Route 146. Suffered a head injury that destroyed her helmet plus some minor injuries.
  2. Elton Garvey – 11/13/21 (age 59), Killed by truck, State St., Schenectady. https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Bicyclist-killed-in-Schenectady-crash-16620096.php
  3. Deborah Carpenter – 9/1/21 (age 54) Life-threatening injuries by hit-and-run driver and left in coma, Rt. 9 north, Latham. https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Police-ask-for-witnesses-in-bike-crash-16444059.php
  4. Jeremy Williams – 9/21/21(age 39) Killed by motor vehicle, Central Ave., Town of Colonie https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Bicyclist-dies-after-crash-near-Northway-ramp-16478362.php
  5. John Lynch – 7/21/21 (age 57) Killed by motor vehicle, Kingston. https://albanybicyclecoalition.com/2021/08/08/john-lynch-killed-in-crash-7-20-21/
  6. William Drake – 7/4/20 (age 16) Driver with suspended license hit bicyclist who was then hit by a second car, Rt. 30, Mayfield. https://www.leaderherald.com/news/local-news/2020/07/two-charged-after-lying-to-state-police-about-fatal-accident/
  1. Roger L. Sawyer – 10/19/17 (age 30) Bicyclist run down by SUV, Washington Ave. Ext., Albany. http://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Police-say-Guilderland-bicyclist-died-in-Albany-12293486.php#photo-14378486
  2. Edston J. Kirnon – 7/22/17 (age 42) Bicyclist collided with side of CDTA bus, N. Pearl St., Albany.
  3. John J. Cummings – 1/27/16 (age 65) Bicyclist run down from behind and killed, Amsterdam Rd., Glenville.
  4. Robert Agne, DVM – 9/7/15 (age 54) Bicyclist killed by sleeping driver crossed centerline, Rt. 30 Pawlet, VT.
  5. Stephen Nolan – 6/2/14 (age 53) Bicyclist killed by car, King & Federal Sts., Troy.
  6. Brian Bailey – 3/11/14 (age 37) Bicyclist killed by truck, Route 9W, Ravena.
  7. Justin M. Price – 8/23/13 (age 20) Bicyclist struck by rear wheel of tractor-trailer, Rt. 29, Saratoga Springs.
  8. Matthew Ratelle – December 20, 2012 (age 40) Impaired driver killed cyclist by, Rt. 22, 0.4 miles north of school, Petersburg
  9. Paul J. Merges, Jr. – 11/24/12 (age 45) Bicyclist killed by drunk driver, Manning Blvd. & Roosevelt St., Albany.
  10. Nicholas Richichi – 10/19/07 (age 53) Bicyclist killed by motor coach, Fuller Rd., Colonie.
  11. Eric M. Taylor – 7/2/07 (age 18) Hit by car (swerved into traffic), Rt. 197, Fort Edward.
  12. Diva De Loayza – 6/6/07 (age 40) Bicyclist killed by car, Western Ave. at Homestead Ave., Albany.
  13. Alan R. Fairbanks – 10/29/06 (age 72) Bicyclist hit by car/died, Rt. 5-S at bicycle path, Rotterdam.
  14. Jose Perez – 8/3/06 (age 60) Bicyclist killed by SUV, Broadway at Quay St., Albany.
  15. Joel Melnikoff – 7/3/06 (age 49) Bicyclist killed by drunk driver, Rt. 32, Bethlehem.
  16. Mary Morgan – 3/9/04 (age 31) At 1:30 PM, Karla Tribley struck and killed cyclist with her 1994 Oldsmobile. Central Ave. at the intersection with Berwyn St. The driver, 59 of Schenectady, was not hurt and was not issued any summonses.
  17. David Ryan – 6/29/04 (age 32) Bicyclist killed by reckless and speeding driver, Riverview Rd., Rexford.
  18. Bill Page – 8/2/04 (age 79) Hit by car (swerved into traffic – tire blowout?) Rt. 9, Saratoga County.
  19. Larry Finkle – 11/17/01 (age 54) Hit by a drunk driver while crossing Rt. 9 in the dark, Malta.
  20. Robert F. Zayhowski – July 16, 2000 (age 43) Drunk SUV driver killed cyclist, Rt. 66, at Glass Lake Rd., Sand Lake
  21. James V. Percent – 8/19/98 (age 50) Killed in head-on collision with a city trash collection truck, Albany.
  22. Joseph Raymond Hebert – 8/22/97 (age unknown) Rode into path of tractor-trailer, Glens Falls.
  23. Thomas Van Patten – 6/12//97 (age 71) Rode into path of a car, Rt. 9, Schodack.
  24. Andrew Spiller – 7/7/92 (age 26 of Rochester) Participating in an endurance bicycle race when hit around 1:00 AM by 18-year-old drunk driver Jason Lamphere, Rt. 29A, Town of Stratford. Woman who provided beer to Lamphere (who also died) later charged with unlawfully dealing with a child.
  25. Albert Lester – 6/7/92 (age 31 of Westwood, Mass) Participating in the above race when hit around 2:00 AM by drunk driver Gerald S. Hill, Jr., 18. County Rd. 119, Town of Ephratah. Hill later sentenced to 1-1/3 to 4 years in prison. Denied parole in 1994. The owner of the market where Hill bought beer that night charged with unlawfully dealing with a child. (This was the second year for the endurance, but it was never held again after the two deaths.)
  26. Donald Conklin – 6/15/90 (age 22) Hit by a car while riding through a parking lot off Rt. 9, Hudson.
  27. Edward Sinclair –  6/11/87 (age 25 of Schenectady) Hit by a car after riding through a stop sign, Vrooman Ave. and E. Main St., Amsterdam.
  28. Andrew W. Hummel – 3/24/87 (age 22 of Latham) Hit by a car on Rt. 9, Colonie. No one charged, but it appears driver was at fault.
  29. Robert Palmer – 9/6/86 (age 14) Hit by drunk driver, Rt. 50, Ballston Spa. Driver Randy L. Hotaling later sentenced to 1-1/3 to 4 years in prison. (Same event as D. West.)
  30. David R. West – 9/6/86 (age 16) Hit by drunk driver, Rt. 50, Ballston Spa. Driver Randy L. Hotaling later sentenced to 1-1/3 to 4 years in prison. (Same event as R. Palmer.)
  31. Vicki A. Spezio – 7/4/86 (age 13) Hit by drunk driver while trying to cross Central Ave., Colonie on her bike. Driver Charles P. Wells later sentenced to 60 days in prison and a three year probation (the jury blamed the cyclist).

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