COLONIE, NY - Is a driver spotted near a fatal hit-and-run a good Samaritan or a suspect? That is what Colonie Police are trying to find out.
Police say a male pedestrian, identified as 57-year-old Randall Clinton Hayes who had been living at the Blu Bell Motel in Colonie, was killed in a hit-and-run accident that happened at 9:05 p.m. Monday night at the corner of New Karner Road and Central Avenue.
Police say the car that struck Hayes left after the accident. Witnesses attempted to follow the suspect's car, however were unsuccessful. Police were told by witnesses the car involved is a green, four-door, older model sedan and was driven by a male.
Colonie Police say they interviewed a driver of a green sedan who flagged down an officer in the area Monday night. The man told the officer he had seen a body in the roadway.
Lt. Ken Pirro tells NEWS10 the driver insists he never hit the man and that he just wanted to help out.
Pirro says a forensics team is currently looking at the car to see if there is any evidence that the vehicle may have been involved in the accident.
Meanwhile, police are also looking for the drivers of a grey Honda minivan and a small blue vehicle who police say witnessed the accident and believe could have more information.
Colonie police tell NEWS10 Hayes had previously spent 15 years behind bars for Manslaughter.
Police would like to remind pedestrians to always use crosswalks and pay attention to the "walk" signs.