A New York State trooper making a traffic stop heard a crash right behind him that killed an area man
The incident took place around 11:15 p.m., Friday, Jan. 15, when the trooper from the Montgomery barracks was patrolling on 17K in Orange County, in the town of Newburgh, when he stopped a vehicle for a vehicle and traffic law violation, said Trooper Steven Nevel.
While exiting his vehicle, the trooper heard a vehicle accident behind him. While investigating, he found a white Nissan Rogue with front end damage on the opposite side of the road with a man lying on the pavement in front of the vehicle.
The trooper immediately ran to the victim’s aid and began CPR. While administering CPR the trooper notified Orange County 911.
Town of Newburgh EMS arrived at the scene a short time later and took over life-saving measures.
The victim, identified as Ulster County resident John C. Peda, age 80, Kingston, was transported to St Luke’s Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
The investigation revealed that the operator of the Nissan was not impaired and there are no charges pending at this time.
This is an ongoing investigation.
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