Hit-and-run victim’s family seeks public’s help

COHOES, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Cohoes police are investigating a hit-and-run crash that left a woman clinging to life, and now her sister is speaking out.

Police believe 56-year-old Carla Natale was walking home near Main Street and Schuyler Street when a car hit her and left the scene. Now her family wants help in finding the person responsible.

Antoinette Natale said her sister Carla had a beer at her home around 10 p.m. Friday in Cohoes and was okay to walk home as she always did. But Antoinette said she knew something wasn’t right when Carla never called to say she got home.

“It’s only a few blocks,” Antoinette said. “Congress Street. Three blocks up over that way, and she didn’t call. We called her number several times.”

Carla is now in critical condition at Albany Medical Center. Police said she was hit by a car just minutes after leaving her sister’s house. Police said the driver didn’t stop.

“She can’t breathe,” Antoinette said. “She’s on a breathing tube. Her pelvic area’s all broke. Her vertebrae in her neck are broke. Her ribs are broke.”

Her family is asking for the public’s help.

“I want somebody to at least come forward,” Antoinette said. “Please say you seen somebody so we can put this person accountable. It’s just not right.”

“I try to go in strong and rub her arm and kiss her and say, ‘Carla, we’re here,’” she continued. “She used to acknowledge that the last two days. She’s not anymore.”

Cohoes police said the suspect’s vehicle could be a dark colored sedan and would have new damage to the front end.

Anyone with information is asked to call Cohoes police at (518) 233-2146.


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