Driver accused in hit-and-run that killed Guardsman pleads not guilty

LATHAM, N.Y. (NEWS10) – The driver accused in a fatal hit-and-run crash that killed a National Guardsman earlier this month turned himself into police on Wednesday.

Brian Tromans, 33, is charged with Leaving the Scene of a Fatal Motor Vehicle Accident Without Reporting, a felony. He pleaded not guilty.

“He had absolutely no idea he hit another human being,” attorney Lee Kindlon said.

Just before 4:45 a.m. on Sunday, January 8, police received a call from a motorist on Watervliet-Shaker Road stating he struck what he believed to be a person lying in the road under the I-87 overpass.

When police arrived they found a deceased male. He was identified as Rudolph Seabron, 57, of Rome, N.Y.

Police said it is unknown how Seabron ended up on the road, but it is believed he left Philly’s Bar and Grill around 3:15 a.m. and walked west on Watervliet-Shaker Road.

Kindlon is confident his client did not commit a crime.

“He didn’t know that there was a scene to leave,” he stated.

Police found the involved vehicle in Rensselaer County on January 11. Tromans turned himself in to police on Wednesday.

“His attorney was told to bring him in tonight,” Colonie Police Lt. Ken Pero said. “If he didn’t show up at five o’clock today, then we would have gotten a warrant.”

What led police to Tromans was the vehicle’s registration, the damage on the vehicle’s front end, and surveillance video.

“We have a pretty good timeline right to the crash scene,” Pero said.

Pero said they have video of Tromans at Philly’s Bar and Grill before the crash. Kindlon, however, said his client was not under the influence of alcohol.

“What happened was he was out that night; he was driving home and a couple of days later he gets accused of this,” Kindlon said.

He maintains Tromans’s innocence.

“Everybody who’s accused of a crime is presumed to be innocent unless the people can prove otherwise,” he said.

Seabron was a member of the 42nd Combat Aviation Brigade as a Master Sergeant. He was at the New York State Armory in Latham over the weekend for a drill.

Police said Seabron joined the New York Army National Guard in 1996 after serving in the Marine Corps. He served in Iraq in 2004, Afghanistan in 2008, and Kuwait in 2012.

Tromans was sent to the Albany County Jail without bail. He is scheduled to return to court on January 23.

Lt. Pero said more charges could be filed. The crash remains under investigation.

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