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Man indicted in hit and run accident that killed bicyclist

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ALBANY, NY –Pablo Cruz, 39, of Schenectady, was indicted by a Grand Jury for causing the death of a bicyclist after striking him on Manning Boulevard in the City of Albany and continuing to lead police on a chase into Schenectady County.

According to the indictment, Cruz ignored a uniformed police officer in a car with active lights and sirens who directed him to pull over when he was caught speeding.

While in an intoxicated condition, he drove a 1997 Chevy pickup truck at 25 or more miles above the posted speed limit and, according to police, with depraved indifference recklessly caused the death of Paul Merges, Jr., by striking him with the pickup truck in the vicinity of Manning Boulevard in the City of Albany. 

Cruz failed to report this incident to authorities, and instead he continued to drive down Central Avenue, with the victim still attached to the truck, through the Town of Colonie and into the County of Schenectady in a reckless manner and at a high rate of speed, at times in excess of 90 miles per hour, driving over the double yellow lines, and at times almost striking marked police units. 

By 1:12 a.m., his vehicle stopped in the vicinity of Curry Road in the Town of Rotterdam and he failed to comply with police officers commands to exit the vehicle.  Cruz did fight with numerous officers who were attempting to take him into custody. 

Cruz was indicted on the following charges:

  • (1) Count of Murder in the 2nd-Degree, a Class A-I Felony
  • (1) Count of Manslaughter in the 2nd-Degree, a Class C Felony
  • (1) Count of Criminally Negligent Homicide, a Class E Felony
  • (1) Count of Vehicular Manslaughter in the 2nd-Degree, a Class D Felony
  • (2) Counts of Driving While Intoxicated, both Misdemeanors
  • (1) Count of Leaving the Scene of an Incident Without Reporting as a Felony, a Class D Felony
  • (1) Count of Unlawfully Fleeing a Police Officer in a Motor Vehicle in the 1st-Degree, a Class D Felony
  • (1) Count of Unlawfully Fleeing a Police Officer in a Motor Vehicle in the 3rd-Degree, a Class A Misdemeanor
  • (2) Counts of Reckless Endangerment in the 1st-Degree
  • (1) Count of Reckless Driving, a Misdemeanor
  • (1) Count of Resisting Arrest, a Class A Misdemeanor

He remains in custody at the Albany County Correctional Facility, and is scheduled for arraignment on Thursday April 4, 2013 in Albany County Court.

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