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New Scotland Archives — The Altamont Enterprise, March 22, 2012

Hooper sentenced to 71/2 to 15 years for manslaughter

VOORHEESVILLE — Jacob Hooper, who ran a red light in Albany last October, killing David Concordia, was sentenced Tuesday to seven-and-a-half to 15 years in state prison.

Concordia, a retired engineer who lived with his family in Voorheesville, had been picking up his son, then 19, from basketball practice. He was 62 at the time of his death. He ran every day and played basketball in a league at the YMCA or with his son, Patrick.

“He was really smart,” his wife, Kathleen Concordia, said at the time of his death. He knew how to fix things around the house and cars — he restored a 1968 Jaguar and built the deck on the back of the Concordias’ Voorheesvile home.

After he retired from a career at Benet laboratories at the Watervliet Arsenal, Mr. Concordia, who grew up in Rotterdam, the son of a General Electric engineer, began working at Umbrella of Schenectady, an elder care organization that helps people stay in their homes. “He wasn’t one to sit around,” said his wife at the time of his death. He would do handy work at people’s houses for Umbrella.

“He was a really good husband,” Mrs. Concordia said. “He was extremely conscientious and honest.”

Kathleen and Patrick Concordia both gave impact statements to Judge Joseph Teresi in Albany County Supreme Court on Tuesday, describing the loss they had endured.

Hooper, 30, had pleased guilty to second-degree manslaughter, a felony, in February. The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Mary Tanner Richter, bureau chief of the Vehicular Crimes Unit.

Hooper, of Albany, had struck David Concordia’s car on Oct. 30, 2011 with a stolen sport utility vehicle after fleeing police.

As he fled from Albany Police officers, going through many red lights and stop signs, just after 8 p.m., Hooper, 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.

Concordia died of massive head injuries two days after the crash. His son, a passenger in the car 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, according to Albany Police 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.”

— By Melissa Hale-Spencer

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