Car towed as police investigate fatal hit-and-run

COLONIE, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Colonie police towed a car Tuesday night as they investigate a fatal hit-and-run.

Police towed a vehicle out of a business’s parking lot around 8 p.m. Tuesday on Kraft Avenue. They are looking into whether or not the vehicle was involved in a fatal hit-and-run accident. Police said the vehicle has damage consistent with being in an auto/pedestrian crash, and it is being processed for any possible evidence.

It is unclear why the car was parked there.

Colonie Police Lt. Bob Winn could not release much information, but investigators are actively looking into the crash that killed 54-year-old Renee Bruneau. When asked about a possible suspect, police would only say they are still investigating.

Renee Bruneau
Renee Bruneau

Police said Bruneau was crossing Central Avenue near Madison Avenue on Monday night when she was struck by a vehicle. She was taken to Albany Medical Center where she later died.

A woman who did not want to be identified said she watched as police surrounded the car, took evidence and towed it away.

“I did find it kind of strange,” she said. “There were two police officers with bullet proof vests on. He was taking pictures of this vehicle that was parked, and it looked like he had a plastic bag in his hand, and then it looked like he was taking some evidence off of the car. What he was taking, I’m not sure. I did witness some damage in the vehicle.”

The woman said she approached an officer on scene to try and find out what was going on.

“I asked the police if everything was okay,” she said. “They did acknowledge to me that they believed this vehicle was involved in the hit-and-run that happened on Central Avenue.”

The woman estimated police spent about two hours looking over the car and surrounding the area before it was put on a flatbed and towed away.

“It’s heartbreaking and disturbing,” she said.

Shelly Mance is a close friend of Bruneau. She said Bruneau was more like a sister.

“There’s so many things that people are going to remember,” she said. “Her smile, her laugh, her crazy sense of humor; the goodness, the giving.”

Mance continues to grieve two days after Bruneau’s devastating death.

“Because it’s so unexpected you didn’t have time to prepare,” she said. “All we’re told is she’s gone – hit and run. Who does that to such a wonderful person? Who does that to such a good person?”

And while Bruneau’s loved ones lean on each other for support during their difficult time, they said they are thankful for the time they spent together always laughing and loving life.

“She was one of the best friends you could ever have in your life, and I was blessed to have her in mine,” Bruneau said.

Little evidence was found at the scene, and police said the driver may not even know they’re involved.

The Colonie Police Department is asking anyone with information on the accident to contact them at 783-2744.

Bruneau’s loved ones are also pleading with the public.

“If you know something, or you are the person who kit and killed my friend, turn yourself in,” Mance said. “We will not give up until we have justice for Renee.”

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