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Elderly Niskayuna woman killed by car on Nott Street

Monday, October 7, 2013
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Niskayuna Police reconstruct the accident scene where a pedestrian was struck crossing Nott Street in front of the Niskayuna Co-Op on Monday afternoon.
Photographer: Marc Schultz
Niskayuna Police reconstruct the accident scene where a pedestrian was struck crossing Nott Street in front of the Niskayuna Co-Op on Monday afternoon.

— An elderly Niskayuna woman was killed Monday afternoon as she crossed Nott Street near the Niskayuna Co-op, town police said.

The woman, identified as 75-year-old Ellen Fogarty, was hit just after 12:30 p.m. as she crossed Nott Street west of the intersection with Balltown Road, from a parking lot to the shopping plaza that includes the co-op.

She crossed in the area of a crosswalk and investigators were speaking with witnesses to confirm whether she was in the crosswalk at the time, police said.

The woman was struck by a car driven by 72-year-old Rafael Garcia of Schenectady. Garcia’s vehicle was eastbound on Nott Street when the woman was struck, police said.

Fogarty had just parked in the parking lot and was apparently going to the shopping plaza, Deputy Niskayuna Police Chief Daniel McManus said. There was no rain at the time, he said.

There was no indication of alcohol involvement in the crash. The crash remains under investigation.

The crosswalk is in a well-traveled area of Nott Street, near Balltown Road. It is marked by both pavement markings and signs warning drivers to yield to pedestrians.

McManus said he doesn’t believe there has ever been a fatal accident at the crosswalk. He did not have any statistics on any past non-fatal accidents there.

Officials with the Niskayuna Co-op also could not remember an accident at the crosswalk. The store put up extra crosswalk signs to help, Co-op assistant manager Richard Gabree said.

Gabree said several employees went out to do what they could after hearing about the accident.

In general, McManus said, “drivers always have to be conscious of the fact that there may be people preparing to or crossing in areas where a crosswalk is indicated.”

As far as future enforcement efforts at that crosswalk, McManus said, “it’ll be something we’ll look at, for sure.”

Nott Street between Balltown Road and Clifton Park Road was closed for much of the afternoon as the investigation continued. Members of Niskayuna Fire District One and the state police assisted.

The accident was the second one in Niskayuna this year where a pedestrian was killed in or near a crosswalk.

In March, an 88-year-old woman struck and killed a 70-year-old man in a crosswalk in front of St. Kateri Tekakwitha Church on Union Street. Both the driver and the victim had just left Good Friday services at the church when that accident happened.

The driver in the March case was cited for failure to use due care related to a pedestrian and failure to yield the right of way to a pedestrian in a crosswalk.

 
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