State Police: Two people ID’ed in deadly Exit 24 accident on Thruway

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Two people have died as a result of a car crash on the Thruway early Friday morning.

Around 2:06 a.m. Friday, New York State Police began an investigation into a fatal accident which happened eastbound on I-90 near exit 24.

The male driver, 25-year-old Robert Frechette, of Albany, was pronounced dead at the scene. The female passenger, 26-year-old Kelsey Shagalski, of Schenectady, was taken to Albany Medical Center where she succumbed to her injuries.

Police said Frechette drifted off the north shoulder and struck a guardrail and sign post before coming to rest.

A friend of Shagalski did not want to be identified, but she was in shock her best friend is now gone.

“It doesn’t feel real,” she said. “All I want to do is call her. All I want to do is just call her and hear her voice, and I know that’s not going to happen.”

The friend said she learned about the accident through a text, and the first thing she wanted to do was go to Shagalski’s house and get in her bed to give herself comfort.

“Just, that was her place, you know,” she said. “So it was the only thing that was going to bring me closer to her.”

bobby and kelsey

Shagalski’s friend said she’s heartbroken, but she wants the public to know who Shagalski was.

“She was, like, always outgoing, always caring, and just an incredible person,” she said.

She said the same about Frechette, or Bobby as he was known by friends.

“He was a caring person, and he tried his best to show that and be loving towards people,” she said.

The friend said Shagalski and Frechette were very similar and would turn a bad situation into a good one.

“He was hilarious,” she recalled. “Like, even the first time I ever met him, he was picking on me. Like, he was that kind of person. He was just funny.”

Now, she doesn’t want them to be remembered as just the crash victims but as the caring people they were.

“They were both amazing people, and they should be remembered as that,” she said.

A GoFundMe site was created to raise money for Shagalski’s sister to fly to Albany. In seven hours, it reached over half its goal.

The accident was reconstructed by the New York State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit (CRU) and remains under investigation.

If anyone has information regarding the accident, either as a witness, or knowing the pair’s whereabouts prior to them traveling on the Thruway, they are asked to contact Investigator Jonathan Kelly by calling (518) 465-7377. Calls can be kept confidential.

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