Colonie Police investigating fatal hit-and-run

COLONIE, N.Y. – The Colonie Police Department is currently investigating a fatal hit-and-run accident.

Police said the accident occurred around 5 p.m. Friday on Wilkins Avenue in Colonie. The victim’s family said they were on their way home at the time.

“His cane ended up over there broken in half,” the victim’s niece Rosemary Frye said.

A broken cane and a single glove were the only things left behind after a person’s car hit and killed 66-year-old Raymond Mosall. The scene put Frye and her family into a state of shock.

“I came out here, and I find his body laying there,” she said. “He was a sweet man. He would do anything for anybody.”

The driver fled the scene. Police searched the road for evidence and determined the kind of car the person was driving.

“We believe the vehicle to be an early model 2000 white Hyundai Elantra,” Lt. James Gerace with the Colonie Police Department said. “We are looking for damage. It’s unknown what type of damage it’s going to be, but we expect it to be on the front passenger side of the vehicle.”

Police cannot confirm if speed played a factor, but neighbors living nearby said traffic has become a recent issue.

“It’s not that surprising,” Brian Nolan said. “There’s a lot of cars on this street. They go by the stop signs. They don’t pay attention, so it’s unfortunate. It really is. My heart goes out to the family.”

“I used to walk these roads when I was young,” neighbor Stella Coluccio said. “It’s very scary hearing anything like this happens.”

As authorities continue their investigation, the victim’s family is trying to cope with the shocking loss.

“I just hope we went peaceful,” Frye said.

The investigation is ongoing. Police cannot confirm how the accident happened. 

A cause of death will be determined after the autopsy scheduled for Saturday.

The suspected vehicle was found on Williams Park Road in Colonie around 9 p.m. Friday night.

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