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Police investigate after car hits, kills pedestrian

Rt. 86 closed; traffic detoured on McKenzie Pond Road

November 13, 2017
By PETER CROWLEY and GLYNIS HART - For the News , Lake Placid News

RAY BROOK - State police are investigating a fatal collision in which a car hit and killed a pedestrian early this morning on state Route 86 at the intersection of Old Ray Brook Road.

A man driving a Toyota Matrix with Quebec license plates hit a male pedestrian while driving from Saranac Lake to Ray Brook. The pedestrian appeared to be in his 50s, according to Sgt. Garrett Brown, who said he believes the pedestrian is a local resident. Police are not yet identifying either man.

Police said the incident occurred around 5 a.m. when it was dark outside. Brown said he does not think the driver saw the pedestrian before he hit him.

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State police personnel work this morning to reconstruct a collision between this Toyota Matrix and a pedestrian, who died, on state Route 86 at the intersection of Old Ray Brook Road.
(News photo — Peter Crowley)

The car's passenger-side headlight was smashed along with the side panel.

The driver was at the state police Troop B Headquarters in Ray Brook as of press time, and Brown said there is no evidence the driver was speeding.

As the investigation continues, motorists traveling on state Route 86 between Saranac Lake and Lake Placid this morning were detoured to McKenzie Pond Road between Saranac Lake and Ray Brook. The Saranac Lake Volunteer Fire Department assisted in blocking traffic.

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State police's accident reconstruction team was at the scene this morning surveying, mapping and taking notes.



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