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Guilderland Archives — The Altamont Enterprise, November 4, 2010

Four-vehicle crash on Carman Road kills motorcyclist

By Melissa Hale-Spencer

GUILDERLAND — A motorcyclist died on Saturday in a four-vehicle crash after being pinned between a car and a truck.

Garrick A. Spawn, 46, of 2799 Curry Road in Schenectady, suffered severe injuries and was transported to Albany Medical Center Hospital and later pronounced dead.

“It looks like he was just stopped,” said Brian Leach, an accident investigator with the Guilderland Police.

Leach said yesterday that drugs or alcohol “do not appear to be involved.”  No charges have been made. “That’s still pending,” said Leach and will depend on the conclusion of the investigation, which he estimated could be in two weeks.

Spawn was an avid and very careful motorcyclist, his friends say. He was highly regarded at Lynnwood Elementary School where he had worked for 26 years as a custodian. (See related obituary.)

Guilderland Police describe the accident unfolding this way on Oct. 30 at about 10:35 a.m.:

A vehicle was stopped on Carman Road, facing south, waiting to make a left turn onto Lone Pine Road. A 1998 Ford pickup truck driven by John J. Camelo, 66, of 1037 St. Lucille Drive in Schenectady was stopped behind the vehicle.

Spawn, on his 2005 Harley Davidson, was stopped behind the pickup truck.

A 2007 Mitsubishi Galant, driven by Daniel M. Turino, 28, of 2581 Western Ave. in Guilderland, was heading south on Carman Road and struck the motorcycle, forcing it to hit the pickup truck. “The motorcyclist was pinned between the two vehicles,” said a release from the Guilderland Police.

Asked what caused Turino to hit the motorcycle, Leach said, “At this point, we don’t know. We still have to do some more interviews.”

The weather was clear on the morning of Oct. 30, he said.

The Mitsubishi also hit a 1992 Ford traveling north on Carman Road at the time of the collision; it was driven by Carolyn L. Gebhardt, 60, of 100 Fasula Blvd. in Schenectady.

In addition to the police department, the Guilderland Emergency Medical Services, the Fort Hunter Fire Department, and the Western Turnpike Rescue Squad all reported to the scene of the accident. The Western Turnpike squad transported Spawn to Albany. A passenger in the 1998 Ford was taken to Ellis Hospital for evaluation.

“If anyone witnessed the accident, they should give us a call,” concluded Leach. The Guilderland Police Department can be reached at 356-1501.

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