Altamont man killed in Knox crash

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A car crashed Thursday night at the t-shaped intersection of Beebe and Knox-Gallupville Road, leaving one dead and one injured.

KNOX — One person is dead and another injured after a car crashed on Beebe Road in Knox, hitting trees and catching fire late Thursday night, according to a release from the Albany County Sheriff’s Office.

The driver, Christopher V. Davis, 22, of Altamont, was killed in the crash Thursday night. He and passenger Taylor C. Vigay, 23, of Albany, were traveling south on Beebe Road before their car crashed at the intersection with Knox-Gallupville Road, according to the report.

Speed and alcohol were a factor in the crash, according to Albany County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy William Rice.

The car drove through the T-shaped intersection straight into several large trees, said Rice. Neighbors, hearing the crash, removed Vigay from the car, and tried to do the same for Davis but could not as the car caught fire, the report said.

“There was a lot of people who showed up,” said Rice, of the responding neighbors, whom he said had called police after driving to the crash site. He said three witnesses have given statements about the accident.

Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched around 11:30 p.m. and arrived 12 minutes later, where they found the car engulfed in flames. Davis was pronounced dead at the scene, and Vigay was taken to Albany Medical Center for cuts and scrapes. She was bruised around her torso from her seatbelt and had minor burns on her hands, said Rice, but is not in serious condition and was able to speak to police. Davis had not been wearing a seatbelt, he said.

Rice said the two had been drinking and were heading from a residence, according to a statement from Vigay. They were driving over the 55-mile-per-hour speed limit when they crashed, Rice said.

Sheriff’s investigators are working with the the New York State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit to investigate factors involved in the crash such as the exact speed the car was going, said Rice.


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