Police investigating fatal motor vehicle crash involving tractor trailer in Selkirk

SELKIRK, N.Y. (NEWS10) – An 18-year-old from Coeymans has died after a head-on vehicle crash in Selkirk.

The head-on collision took place around 9:20 a.m. Tuesday on River Road. It involved an Oldsmobile with two 18-year-old men inside and a Freightliner tractor hauling a flatbed trailer.

The driver of the Oldsmobile, Logan Penzabene, was pronounced dead at the scene. His passenger, Matthew Hamilton, 18, of Coeymans, was taken to Albany Medical Center in critical condition.

The driver of the Freightliner was uninjured.

The pages of the Ravena Coeymans Selkirk Central School District showed Penzabene was active in sports as a member of both the soccer and outdoor track teams.

“Unfortunately, any time events like this happen it’s definitely a tragic loss,” Bethlehem Police Commander Adam Hornick said. “And losing a life so young, it’s something we as a community and as a police department don’t want to go through.”

According to police, Penzabene crossed into oncoming traffic for an undetermined reason and struck the tractor-trailer.

River Road was closed for six hours while police reconstructed the scene. It has since reopened.

There was also a minor fuel spill from the tractor trailer, but it did not contaminate any water or supplies, police said.

A small memorial was erected at the crash scene to honor Penzabene.

“The community has already been through this; the town has,” Hornick said. “This is the second fatal in town in six months.”

Meanwhile, Hamilton continues to fight for his life. He was also an athlete and played on the varsity football and basketball teams at RCS High School.

“Both graduated from RCS and were Hudson Valley students,” Hornick said.

The tragic crash took place in the midst of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s teen safe driving campaign.

“It’s even more unfortunate that we had this crash urging a campaign like this where we have such a concentrated effort by law enforcement to cut down on incidents like this,” Hornick said.

Hornick hopes others will take the crash as a reminder to drive safe on the roads.

“These incidents are difficult on all of us as well as on the community, and our feelings really go out to the families,” he said.

The crash remains under investigation, though police said the driver of the tractor trailer is not facing any charges, and drugs and alcohol do not appear to be a factor.

Any witnesses are asked to contact police at (518) 439-9973.

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