SELKIRK, N.Y. (NEWS10) – An 18-year-old from Coeymans has died after a head-on vehicle crash in Selkirk.
“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.”
River Road was closed for six hours while police reconstructed the scene. It has since reopened.
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.