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Police identify collision victim

Robert Tomlinson lived in Ray Brook group home near where he died when car hit him

November 13, 2017
By GLYNIS HART - For the News (ghart@adirondackdailyenterprise.com) , Lake Placid News

RAY BROOK - A car-pedestrian collision early Monday morning claimed the life of group home resident Robert Tomlinson.

State police say a 2010 Toyota Matrix operated by Michael Lynch, 55, of Verdun, Quebec, struck Tomlinson, 59, at the intersection of state Route 86 and Old Ray Brook Road in Ray Brook around 5 a.m.

It was dark at the time, and state police Sgt. Garrett Brown said the driver may not have seen the pedestrian. No charges have been filed, and there are no indications that drugs or alcohol were involved, police said.

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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)

Tomlinson lived in a nearby residential home on Old Ray Brook Road operated by Citizen Advocates, an agency that offers residential and vocational services to individuals with disabilities.

"We are deeply saddened by the events involving an individual from our community-based residence in Ray Brook, and our thoughts and prayers are first and foremost with the family members directly affected by the incident," Citizen Advocates said in a statement Monday afternoon. "Grief counselors are on site and continue to be available for those we support at the residence, family members and staff during this difficult time. Citizen Advocates is working closely with New York State Police and the New York State Justice Center to gather the facts as part of any ongoing or pending investigations."

Agency spokesman Joe Riccio said it was not known why Tomlinson was outdoors at the time of the accident.

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Tomlinson was pronounced dead at the scene and transported to Adirondack Medical Center for an autopsy. Essex County Coroner Frank Whitelaw said that, based on Tomlinson's injuries and the data gathered by autopsy, all indications are that Tomlinson's death was immediate.

Whitelaw said he knew Tomlinson when he was in school.

"He was always smiling," Whitelaw said.

State police closed off Route 86 Monday morning, rerouting traffic onto McKenzie Pond Road as their accident reconstruction team surveyed and examined the scene.

The investigation is continuing, and state police ask anyone traveling along Route 86 around the time of the collision to call them at 518-873-2750.

 
 

 

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