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New Scotland Archives — The Altamont Enterprise, February 9, 2012

Hooper faces up to 15 years after fatal Concordia accident

VOORHEESVILLE — Jacob Hooper, who killed David Concordia when he ran a red light in Albany last October, pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter on Tuesday.

As he fled from Albany Police officers just after 8 p.m. on Oct. 30, Hooper, 30, sped through a red light at the intersection of Main and Western avenues in Albany going about 90 miles an hour, according to District Attorney David Soares’s office. There, he hit Concordia’s BMW sedan, which was traveling at about 22 miles per hour through a green light.

Before the crash, officers saw Hooper make several traffic infractions while driving a stolen sport utility vehicle, the release says. Hooper, of Albany, then ran red lights and stop signs before hitting Concordia, 62, of Voorheesville, who was driving his 19-year-old son home from a basketball game.

Concordia died of massive head injuries two days after the crash. His son, Patrick Concordia, who sustained minor injuries, had to be extricated from the car by firefighters.

After the accident, Hooper left the vehicle and ran towards the Price Chopper parking lot on Madison Avenue, said a release from the police department at the time, so police “set up a perimeter in the backyards bordering Price Chopper. Hooper was caught in the backyard of 690 Morris Street.”

Concordia had recently retired from a career at Benet Laboratories at the Watervliet Arsenal and volunteered at Umbrella of Schenectady, an elder care organization that helps people stay in their homes.

Hooper faces seven-and-a-half to 15 years in state prison — he will be sentenced in March.

(For earlier coverage, go to www.AltamontEnterprise.com and look under Archives for Nov. 3, 2011)

By Saranac Hale Spencer

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