BROOME COUNTY, N.Y. – A large turnout is expected in Binghamton, where a State Trooper will be laid to rest after losing his life during a traffic stop.
Law enforcement officials from across New York State, along with Governor Cuomo, are set to attend the service for Trooper Christopher Skinner in Johnson City.
Skinner, a 13 year veteran, was killed instantly when he was struck by a pickup truck around noon on Thursday while conducting a traffic stop on Interstate-81, just north of Binghamton. Trooper Skinner was 42-years-old.
Funeral services will take place at 11 a.m. on Tuesday at First Baptist Church in Johnson City, N.Y.
Skinner is survived by his mother, Sharyn, brother, Shawn, fiancé, Surrena, and two children, 15-year-old Kyle and 12-year-old Erin.
The driver of the pickup truck, Almond Upton of Melrose, Florida, allegedly admitted to police that he deliberately swerved his pickup from the left passing lane to the right shoulder to hit Skinner.
Upton, 60, has been charged with first-degree murder.
Since Skinner's death, New York State Police have warned the public about potential fraudulent accounts asking for donations for the Trooper's family.
The Skinner family is only endorsing two funds for donations at this time, according to police. The first one is the “Skinner Children Ed Fund” which was set up with Visions Federal Credit Union. Those wishing to make a donation to that particular fund can do so at any VFCU. The second is the Signal 30 Fund, an organization that helps the families of New York State Police.