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Trevor Sisto, age 20, of Fort Covington NY has been charged with numerous felonies following last week's deadly crash.  Photo:  Lake Placid Village Police Department via Lake Placid News
Trevor Sisto, age 20, of Fort Covington NY has been charged with numerous felonies following last week's deadly crash. Photo: Lake Placid Village Police Department via Lake Placid News

Police say deadly Lake Placid car chase handled properly

State Police and the Police Chief in Lake Placid say a high-speed car chase that ended in a fatal accident last week in the Adirondacks was handled properly.

The crash on Rt. 86 in Ray Brook left a Potsdam couple dead and their eleven-year-old daughter with serious injuries.

In the days since the accident, questions have circulated in social media about whether police made a mistake in pursuing Trevor Sisto, age 20, who was fleeing a hit-and-run accident in Lake Placid.  Go to full article
Major Richard Smith, commander of New York State Police Troop B in Ray Brook, spoke at a press conference Friday afternoon.  Photo:  Brian Mann
Major Richard Smith, commander of New York State Police Troop B in Ray Brook, spoke at a press conference Friday afternoon. Photo: Brian Mann

Was reckless driver in crash that killed Potsdam couple suicidal?

At a press conference Friday afternoon in Lake Placid, State Police said that 20-year-old Trevor Sisto of Fort Covington had spoken of suicide before Thursday's deadly crash.

Sisto, now in custody being held on $200,000 bail, has been charged with felony counts of unlawfully fleeing a Police Officer and driving while ability impaired by drugs.

He was also ticketed for reckless driving, failure to keep right and speeding. State police say more charges are pending.

Sisto crashed into a car in Ray Brook, New York, killing a Potsdam couple and seriously injuring their daughter.

"There has been some information shared with us relative to [SIsto] making general suicidal ideation in the not too distant pat," said Major Richard Smith, State Police commander for Troop B headquartered in Ray Brook.

Major Smith said that mind-set might have contributed to "the mindset that went into this reckless and erratic behavior.

He added that after being arrested, Sisto allegedly expressed regret that he hadn't killed any police officers during Thursday's chase.  Go to full article
The crash scene at a farm on River Road outside Lake Placid was blocked by work trucks and crime scene tape on Sunday.  The downed plane has since been moved to State Police headquarters in Ray Brook as part of the investigation.  Photo:  Brian Mann
The crash scene at a farm on River Road outside Lake Placid was blocked by work trucks and crime scene tape on Sunday. The downed plane has since been moved to State Police headquarters in Ray Brook as part of the investigation. Photo: Brian Mann

Two Clarkson University students die in Lake Placid plane crash

Two Clarkson University students were among the dead on Saturday in a plane crash in Lake Placid. That's according to the Plattsburgh Press Republican.

The single-engine plane went down Saturday morning on River Road on the outskirts of the village, a half-mile from the local airport.

State police say the craft "burst into flames" on impact and there were no survivors.  Go to full article
The cause of the crash and the identities of the deceased are pending further investigation

Plane crash in Lake Placid claims three lives

State police say a single engine plane crashed near River Road on the outskirts of Lake Placid this morning just before 11 am.

"Lake Placid Fire Department responded and extinguished the flames after the aircraft burst into flames upon impact," according to officials.

Three persons were aboard the aircraft and officials confirm that all were killed in the crash. No identities have been released, nor did State Police offer information about a possible cause for the crash.

The FAA and NTSB have been notified and are enroute to assist in the investgation, according to the statement.

State police say Lake Placid Police and Fire Departments, as well as Saranac Lake Fire Department and New York State Police Aviation are assisting at the scene.  Go to full article
The driver "reportedly became drowsy" before the fatal accident.

Watertown: infant's death blamed on fatigued driving

State police say a car accident on I-81 near Watertown early Saturday morning claimed the life of a five-month-old child.

According to a statement, officials are blaming the accident on "drowsy" driving.

"Investigation revealed that 21 year old Quartez Smith...reportedly became drowsy," police said. "His vehicle, a 2003 Chevy Trailblazer, left the roadway and traveled into the median striking an earth embankment."

After flying airborne, the vehicle struck a portable DOT sign, then overturned several times before coming to a rest in the median.

Smith and two adult passengers were transported to Samaritan Medical Center, where they were treated for minor injuries, according to police.

The infant was airlifted to a hospital in Syracuse, but was later pronounced deceased.

The family, from Virginia, was traveling through the North Country after visiting relatives in London, Ontario.

According to State Police, an investigation of the accident is still underway. They say they were asisted by Jefferson County Sheriff's officers, the Watertown Fire Department, as well as other emergency crews.  Go to full article
The bus owned by the Tubby Tubes Rafting company was carrying 31 customers and 3 employees.

Tourism bus crashes in Adirondacks, killing 15-year-old

State police say a bus accident Saturday afternoon in Lake Luzerne has left one 15-year-old dead and injured another. The accident took place just after midday.

The bus owned by the Tubby Tubes Rafting company was carrying 31 customers and 3 employees. They were traveling to make an excursion on the Hudson River.

According to police, the bus overturned, apparently because of mechanical problems.

"A fifteen year old river guide employed by Tubby Tubes was ejected from the bus and died at the scene," according to the State Police statement.

A customer who suffered an ankle injury was transported to Glens Falls Hospital. An investigation of the one-vehicle accident is underway.  Go to full article

Teen's arm severed in Massena restaurant's pasta machine

MASSENA, N.Y. (AP) A teenage employee at an Italian restaurant in northern New York has severed his arm while cleaning a pasta machine.

A spokeswoman for Massachusetts General Hospital tells The Associated Press that 17-year-old Brett Bouchard was listed in serious condition there Sunday morning.  Go to full article
Hudson River Rafting Company excursion on the upper Hudson in April 2008. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/csarva/">Chetan Sarva</a>, CC <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/deed.en">some rights reserved</a>
Hudson River Rafting Company excursion on the upper Hudson in April 2008. Photo: Chetan Sarva, CC some rights reserved

Hudson River guide pleads guilty after client drowns

A rafting guide from North Creek has pleaded guilty to criminal negligent homicide following the death of a client on a tributary of the Hudson River this fall.

Rory Fay of North Creek is expected to serve roughly a year behind bars after guiding a party while intoxicated.  Go to full article

Two Amish children remain critical following truck collision

Authorities say two young Amish children are in critical condition after their horse drawn buggy was rear-ended by a FedEx truck on State Route 37 in Massena on Monday.

State Police sergeant James Lobdell said, Tuesday that the children were being transferred from Massena Memorial Hospital.

"They were stabilized for transport, and sent to Syracuse for treatment of the injuries. And as of this morning, we made contact with the hospital and were advised that the two children are still listed in critical condition."  Go to full article

Plane crash claims Malone pilot, passenger

A plane crash in the town of Newcomb in the Adirondacks has left two men dead. The crash occurred over the weekend, leaving Dan Wills and Ron Rouselle, both from northern Franklin County, dead at the scene. State police and forest rangers, along with Federal border patrol agents, participated in the search. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

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